“‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’” (Matthew 4:19, NIV)
Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I fishing for?”
Everyone is fishing for something, whether that’s fulfillment, peace, pleasure, material sufficiency, or contentment. Unfortunately, in striving for these things, many miss out on God’s plan for their life since they pay little or no attention to him. Actually, God is the source and provider of all of these things.
When Jesus called the disciples, he said he would make them fishers of people. Note the difference in fishing for the produce of the sea and fishing for people. The fish of the sea are perishable. When they are caught in a net and brought to land, they are literally dead meat.
In the context of fishing for people, though, the person who is spiritually dead before being “caught” suddenly becomes spiritually alive. That person has the guarantee of a wonderful eternal destiny in the world to come.
Can you think of anything more exciting than helping someone who is spiritually dead to become spiritually alive?
God has made this a priority for the church. We are to be fully engaged in helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Yet we do have our earthly responsibilities to perform, which is why we say in the book, KingdomNomics, that we are heavenly minded, but earthly sensitive.
Proverbs leaves us with this pearl of wisdom:
“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7, NKJV).
As we are being made spiritually alive, we are encouraged to enjoy the life that God has given us now. As we do our “getting” in this world, we want to make sure we also get wisdom and understanding, which we can only find in the Word of God. Surely, we want to be sensitive to the call of being willing to exchange the perishable for the imperishable or eternal when we have the opportunity to do so.
Wisdom and understanding should be at the top of our fishing list!
Today, ask yourself:
Am I taking time to obtain the wisdom and understanding the Word of God counsels me to find?