A Very Fine Whine

Musings of a Conservative Christian Resident Physician.

Fishers of Men

I was once a participant in a Sunday School lesson that was on Jesus calling several of his disciples to be fishers of men.  The discussion naturally progressed to asking ourselves what it would be like to be a fisher of men.  So, here are a few personal ruminations on fishing for souls, using a person that loves fishing as a likely example.

1. Become knowledgable. A good fisherman studies the almanac (or fishing calendar) to see when and where the optimal time and place for fishing are.  He asks other fishermen where they have been, what works in what time of year for what type of fish, and where they get their equipment.  He finds out what kind of food to feed his fish to grow them bigger and tastier (if he is fishing in a pond).  He generally tunes out the other sporting activities that distract his not-so-avid fishing friends.  He studies fishing.

2.  Actively prepare for the fishing season.  After reading about it, and becoming familiar with what he needs to do to have a successful fishing excursion, he prepares for the trip. He makes sure that his tackle-box is equipped with the necessary equipment for changing lures, hooks, etc., as well as full of the right hooks, lures, fishing line, and other valuable fishing equipment. His boat (if he uses one) is fueled up, fish finder working properly, and a good battery on the boat. The truck is also ready for the trip.

3. Fish expectantly. All the preparation must be put to use, or it is all in vain. There is no good in knowing how, or in being ready for something, if there is no participation in the activity.

So he fishes. And, because he has studied well, and is well-equipped, his fishing excursion is successful.

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. ” Matthew 4:18-20.

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November 22, 2012 - Posted by | Religion, Spiritual Insights | , ,

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