Jesus called his apostles (and us) to not only follow him, but to become ‘fishers of men.’ After that initial invitation his apostles walked away from their day jobs and followed Jesus. Their lives changed but their actions? Well, let’s just say that it’s a lifetime learning process. But, with a desire and the work of the Spirit, miracles happen.
Here are just a few suggestions on how to be a fisher of men:
1. Teach by example, not by words. Words, no matter how beautiful, can be empty if they are not spoken in truth, sincerity and love.
2. Preach to not at. Always extend the invitation and always include yourself.
3. Walk the walk…. stumble, fall, get hurt and bruised, but don’t stand there and just talk the talk. Walking together is always a good idea.
4. Don’t sit in judgement. Jesus is the only one qualified to pass judgement and even he never ended it with the criticism. Judgement was used to open eyes and then always followed up with a better way.
5. Love, love, love. Forgive, forgive, forgive. How you may ask? PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.
In summary….what not to do?
Preach at others
Set yourself apart from others
Yes….a lifetime learning process!
There’s nothing like walking the walk. It gives validity to what we say, having the experiences to back it up. And I think it helps understand others’ journeys, too.
I totally agree Joanne…it does add validity and credibility. You know what they say about walking in another’s shoes
Excellent words my friend. It is sometimes hard to do but we have to keep going back and remembering how Jesus did things! Thank you for this…..Lori
Thanks Lori… ya, it all comes back to Jesus. It’s that easy and that challenging.
use a net … not a hook!
Love it S. Love it!
Lots of wisdom here, Andie. #4 — that’s a big one for me…I tend to be a bit judgey.
Ya, that’s a tough one! Thanks for the comments Michelle!
I love this, Andie! Just finished a post about fishing for people….actually, now that I’ve read this, I should say, I’ve ALMOST finished it. Heading back to add a link to this post.
Thanks so much Kim. I love your post Kim, the pictures are great. It looks like it was a really fun day of ‘fishing’.
Such good advice! And harder to do than you might think…
Don’t I know it Ladyfi – so true
… and … don’t forget to Blog.
You never know who is reading, and someone may get to know Christ for the first time by what you wrote.
What encouraging words to all of us ‘bloggers’ – we can never know how the Spirit moves and works can we Victor?