Jesus knew something about fishing, however, He did not allow Himself to become distracted with conversations or with getting involved in the fishing industry. He realized His singular call, and kept in mind the one thing that empowered him to catch people for the Kingdom of God. As His disciples, there is one thing we should remember when catching people for Christ.
Our call, like Jesus’ call, obligates us to engage people in their ordinary circumstances, dealing with their concerns and handling day to day situations. In a manner like Jesus, although we must meet people where they are, we cannot allow ourselves to be influenced by or become emulators of the ordinary or corrupt lifestyle.
Easily, one can be pulled into the conversation of the secular and the profane, as people are eager to inform you of how much they know. Keep in mind that in catching men and women for Christ, our dependence is upon God. And we seek as the Psalmist, saying, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” (or word).
I Thessalonians 5:14, exhorts us to, “warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men”. Regardless of how much a person knows or think they know, the one thing to remember when catching people for Christ is that Jesus, the teacher, is in you. Your knowledge excels all other knowledge. Jesus has committed to you the most important message ever. Remember you are delivering the message of life and death. And remember, you are that message.
L. Jerome Jones