“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.” Hebrews 12:15 (NASB)
“Fishers of Men,” by definition, are people who interact with others. The nature of this God-given assignment called “witnessing” requires the initiation of and development of relationships. When a relationship is broken, conversations between the two become meaningless, divisive, unfruitful, reactive, and defensive.
Sharing the Gospel requires a conversation between people who have a level of trust. If the trust level between the “fisher of men” and another person is violated or defiled, then receptivity to the Gospel message will be lacking. Fishing for men is not simply the exercise of an academic recitation of Gospel truths. It is always delivered within a package called a “relationship.” Therefore it is essential that you become GRACE dependent. You must see that you can’t live without it.
It is so important that the “fisher of men” regularly drink from God’s reservoir of GRACE. GRACE dissolves bitterness and replaces it with compassion and mercy. GRACE prevents relationships from becoming “defiled.” GRACE actually protects a relationship. This is because GRACE is God’s empowerment. GRACE produces the desire and power to do things God’s way.
Where do you get this GRACE and how do you get it? According to Hebrews 4:16, the name of God’s throne is that of GRACE. Whenever you approach God and pray, you position yourself to become a recipient of GRACE.
GRACE is necessary for salvation (Ephesians 2:8) and it is also necessary for the successful fishing for men. Success must always start with God’s GRACE, is accomplished with God’s GRACE and culminates with God’s GRACE.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of GRACE, so that we may receive mercy and find GRACE to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16