As a teenager some buddies and I would go up together into the wooded area behind a county fishing lake out south east of town to fish the feeder streams. We went there because we knew there were fish and no one else was there.
Christians are sometimes considered fishers of men. This is true partly because of Jesus words to Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4:18-20 and partly because of our sharing in the apostle’s commission to make disciples as we go out into the world (Mat. 28:18-20).
As fishers of men where are our fishing holes? Door to door, house to house, work, school, our neighbors? Yes. Everywhere we go is a fishing hole, even the restraunts and grocery stores we visit present opportunities!
Just this past week members of the California Acres congregation in Topeka, KS, found good fishing at a local fast food restraunt and grocery store.
While holding what we call a Community Outreach Study at a local Dillons – brethren studying together in public with a sign inviting those who observe them to join – a fellow Dillons patron, in his early thirties, showed interest and plans on joining us in our weekly studies! The plan of course when he joins will be to study the gospel first.
Earlier in the week, Fred Meeks of California Acres and I stopped for a bite to eat at McDonald’s before visiting a new convert at their home. As we sat down we noticed a man sitting by himself near us and said hello. After he finished his meal and was headed toward the door, we asked if he was a believer and if he’d be up for discussing a few scriptures with us. He said yes! The study that followed dealt with obedience to the gospel. Come to find out he had obeyed the gospel some thirty plus years earlier!
Have you thrown a line in lately? Your going to the fishing holes. Drop a line in and see what the Lord will do.
“And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Matthew 4:19,20
You are invited to share your fishing for men experiences in the comments.