Today’s Scripture: And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.Matthew¬†4:19

One of my favorite activities is fishing. I love to be able to take people out in my boat and fish, but something I like much more and that is much more important is fishing for men. Fishing is fun and relaxing (unless someone gets seasick) but makes no eternal difference. However, sharing the gospel with the lost can change a person’s eternal destiny.

I believe Jesus compared fishing and witnessing because there are many similarities. First, fishing requires patience. You don’t go out and expect to catch something with every cast of the rod. Along the same line, fishing requires perseverance because you can’t give up after failure. Third, fishing requires effort. You cannot catch fish sitting at home on your couch. It requires that you go out with the intention of catching fish-it doesn’t happen by chance. Fourth, fishing can be uncomfortable but becomes more comfortable the more you do it. If you take someone fishing for the first time, he may not like the idea of touching a worm, let alone hooking it. But the more he does it, the easier it becomes until it is second nature. Finally, you cannot make a fish take the bait. As enticing as you try to make your lure, the fish is the only one who can open its mouth and bite.

God has called us to be fishers of men. Don’t sit idly by while millions die in their sins. It is our duty to go out and preach the gospel. The lost cannot get saved if we aren’t proclaiming the message of salvation. We cannot make them bite, but we need to go out there and cast. Then, when we are able to bring one home, we will truly have something to celebrate.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder