Fishers of Men ~ Pastor David

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” - Matthew 4:19

As believers we can know that Jesus is making us into fishers of men.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit that gives us the passion to reach others with the truth of the Gospel.  You may be thinking that I don’t know anything about fishing. Can I suggest to you that you may know more than you think?  If you remember correctly you were once a fish.

I remember being a fish that was swimming around doing my own thing.  Going places and doing things that got me into trouble.  As a fish, I remember the hopeless empty life that I once had.  It was filled with guilt and shame from bad decisions and horrible actions. But one day Jesus put one of those “fishers of men” in my life.  He came to me looking like a coach.  He caught my attention by his kindness and patience.  On several occasions he even extended it to me. I didn’t deserve it nor was I looking for it.  He for sure didn’t treat me like I would have treated someone that acted like me. At that time, I was hooked.

It took a while to reel me in. Years went by.  We became friends.  He shared with me about his life and how he was saved.  These words impacted my life and put a desire in me to become a follower of Jesus Christ.  It took a long time to get this fish in the boat but in the fall of 1979, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.

I went from being a fish to becoming a “fisher of men.”  I took my fish knowledge and what I was learning about Jesus and struck off fishing on my own.  At first, I wasn’t very good at it, but I loved to go.  As the years have gone by, I am much better at catching fish and have found out that there are fish everywhere I look.

When Jesus says, “Follow me,” this is one of those things that is part of the journey. So, are you becoming a fisher or men, or are you kind of still a fish?

Rules:
  • Get some good bait.
  • Go where the fish are.
  • Get your hook in the water.

4 Comments


Katie Steelman - January 7th, 2020 at 12:26pm

Thank you, Pastor. Great illustration!

Jill Ball - January 7th, 2020 at 12:54pm

YES! Great illustration!!!

Tammy Schettler - January 7th, 2020 at 1:26pm

Thank you pastor :) The Lord has been working in me and has given me something really exciting

Sarah Parks - January 7th, 2020 at 6:40pm

Loved this devotional, David!! I used to be reluctant to share my faith,but God has given me such a desire and part of that desire came from my time at NH! You broke down the barriers and showed me how to share in my everyday life! Most people are eager to hear how God can change their life! Today at the YMCA I was able to share with two young college students! A 60 plus white woman sharing with 2 African men in the hot tub! They got out, left and came back and asked me to pray with them!! Thanks for helping me share enthusiastically!