So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.( Luke 5:7)
For the past few weeks we have been looking at what is special about fishing, that Jesus used it as an example to show what is souls wining. Today we are looking at the last factor that makes fishing so special that Jesus referred to soul wining as fishing men.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.( Matthew 4:19)
It may seem insignificant to others to point out that one of the reasons Jesus likened soul winning to fishing is that fishermen work together,because denominations are united. But the truth is that the unity Jesus saw in fishermen and the unity we have in the church are not the same. The church of Christ is United as denominations but there is very little inter-denominational unity.
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.( 1 Corinthians 1:11-12)
This is still a problem because today we find pastors vocally attacking other pastors in the pulpit, we have believer’s rejoicing in the downfall of another believer just because they don’t attend the same church. The people that are affected the most are those who win souls, these people are now forced to play lawyer because they really preaching about a person who united the world with God and they must also justify the division among believers.
I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be denominations but I’m saying that that shouldn’t divide us, as long as we believe in one saviour and are following his footsteps we are one and we should relate as such. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.( 1 Corinthians 3:5-8).
The unity of the church is as important as it’s message, because the unity reveals it’s message that will bring men close to God. Now the large group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common. And the apostles were giving testimony with great power to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them. For there was not a needy person among them, because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet. This was then distributed for each person’s basic needs.Joseph, a Levite and a Cypriot by birth, the one the apostles called Barnabas, which is translated Son of Encouragement,( Act 4:32-36).
Next week good willing I’ll share with you the analogy of winning souls like a fisher men.
I apologize for the delay in sharing this message, the phone I used for planing, writing and sharing the messages isn’t working anymore and I’m currently working on replacing it as soon as possible. Thank you for being patient and God bless you.
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.
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.
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.
This is the last reason why the poor need the Gospel that I’ll share with you before we move on.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.(Act 4:32-35)
Another reason why the poor need the Gospel is because when they are saved they’ll join a union that will physical meet their needs. The love that God has called us into makes us selfless so that we can properly see and attend to the needs of our brethren. The Unity that we have in Christ is greater than any bond that can fuse people together. The blood of Jesus is brings us closer than our family’s blood and it doesn’t care about race or culture.
The poor need the church(body of Christ) to be United because a single denomination is not enough to display the love God has for them. Sometimes words are not enough to preach, actions are always enough to preach. Christ took away what divided men by destroying what separated men from God.
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.(Genesis 11:1-6)
Nothing empowers men like unity that’s why God gave us one mediator so that we may be United in one. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.(Hebrew 9:14-15).
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.(Romans 12:5).
Make it a point to display the love of God to everyone because it’s a testament to the love God has for them.
One of the benefits of being a child of God is that we have an inheritance in heaven because we are co-heirs with Christ. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.(Romans 8:17).
The Bible says that God has chosen the poor of this world rich in faith and we know that we need faith to please God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.(Hebrews 11:6). Hence the level of your faith determines what you will do for God. The rich in faith are the ones for forsake all for the Gospel, the reason why the rich in this world find it hard to be born again is because they are too attached to their material possessions, no wonder why the Lord said it’s very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.(Matthew 19:23-24). The eye of a needle is the name of a gate in the city of Jerusalem, the gate is too narrow for camels to enter the city while carrying a load. Hence it’s difficult for those attached to material things to go to Heaven.
The lack of material wealth has made the poor to be attached to “God”, the person might not be born again yet, but their hearts easily open up to the spirit of God. These are the type of people whom we need to strive for them to receive the Gospel because they can lay down their lives for God with ease since all they have came from God in the first place.
Many people want to be missionaries in wealth countries and cities because of material gain but those who truly want people to be saved are also willing to go to poor lands.
Everybody on earth who will get to Heaven has an inheritance waiting and anyone who has helped someone the get there will have special rewards. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.(Revelation 2:10)