Welcome to a new month! It’s August 1st, 2022. Today we have the most well-known verse in the Bible: John 3:16. It’s on billboards, on football stadium walls, even graffitied on subways and boxcars … but today, let’s see if we can get it off the walls, off the boxcars, and into our shoes. And that begins with fishing. Fishing? Read on …
Isaiah 65,66; Psalms 62; John 3
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus issues an open invitation to the “Whosoevers” that will believe. And, by the way, our goal as Christians should be to reach out to those who hear and receive Christ’s summons. Our calling is to fish for people.
However, we, as Christians, have not always fished very well. We used to do it better, but times have changed. Any fisherman knows that the feeding patterns of the fish change with the currents and seasons. Some days, the fish school differently.
In the past, the Church built fishing docks where the fish would run. Years later, the feeding patterns have changed, but they still fished in the same places. They built great fishing docks with plush chairs and trendy colors …. but there were no longer very many fish in our nets. Did our goals change? Maybe the docks are now more like gathering places for fishermen to swap fish stories.
Successful fishermen are mobile enough to change with the seasons. They study the feeding patterns and change their approach while never losing the original calling to be fishers of the Whosoevers. They have ways of studying and perceiving the currents, and those who fish wisely will find a catch.
There are so many Whosoevers who need the salvation that Jesus offers. Being a fisher of people means that we make the Gospel so understandable and appealing to the heart of men and women that when they hear the truth of the Gospel, they will come to know Jesus and His great love.
Father, please restore our hearts for the Whosoevers. Although we need to learn more about End Times, Prophecy, and gifts and passions, we must never allow these to overshadow our calling to be fishers of the Whosoevers!