Fisherman persevere

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.(Luke 5:5).

Last week we saw that one of the reasons Jesus referenced fishing to soul winning is because fisherman are patient so that they can do their work, because sometimes they might not catch anything no matter how hard they work. Today we will look at another reason and this reason works together with patience, and this reason is nothing else but perseverance.

Some of us may think that perseverance and patience mean the same thing but in reality they don’t. While means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious, perseverance means persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. patience people can go for outreach and soul winning and not complain, but if they don’t win a soul the lack of results can make them not to go back again, this is why we need to persevere because perseverance gives us the drive to keep going back to win souls until the whole world is saved and patience makes us not to complain.

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.(Philippians 1:20-21)

It was patience and perseverance that made the apostles to move forward despite the challenges and hardship they faced. Perseverance and patience is the reason why we as the church are still gladly waiting for the day of the Lord.

In anything you are doing you need to persevere and be patient in order to be successful, and this is essential if you are praying for someone to give his/her life to Christ because you are going to face discouraging challenges. Thomas Edison had around five thousand failed attempts before he eventually created the light bulb.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.(2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Let us work and persevere for the Lord until we receive the crown of glory despite the challenges we face.

Fishing requires patience

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.(Romans 8:25)

Let’s look at one of the major characteristics of every fisherman, which is patience. Very person that beats the odds had ocean loads worth of patience.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.(Luke 5:5).

Nothing fuels hard work like patience and dedication. If you are truly passionate about something, you will be willing to loose sleep because of it. Jesus simply wanted to turn the passion his disciples had of catching into a passion for catching men. Because they almost had all the necessary requirements to catch men, but they couldn’t start before they changed their focus.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.(Ecclesiastes 9:10)

The passion for doing God’s work is the standard we Christians should use as the children of God, hence working for God is our greatest passion. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;(Colossians 3:23).

Fishing proves that patience pays, and since we are called to be fishers of men we should diligently be patient while we are busy fishing.

Next week we’ll look at another factor that makes fisherman special.


The wisdom of fishing

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.(Matthew 4:19)

We are going to study one of the oldest professions in human history and discover what is so special about it that made Jesus a promise to His would be disciples, and use it as a description of what He will make them but only for the purpose of catching men. This profession is fishing.

There is something special about fishing that qualifies it to be used as a metaphor by Jesus to show pater James and John how they’ll save men

When you study the gospels, you’ll notice that Jesus used likened the kingdom of heaven to many scenarios and theses scenarios are it easier for people to grasp what the kingdom of is.

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:(Matthew 13:31)

Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.(Matthew 13:33)

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:(Matthew 13:44-45).

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:(Matthew 13:47)

The words of Jesus are key and it’s important to study them closely, because they contain great revelations.