Commands of Christ #2

Here is the second post from my friend Amanda. I think you'll really enjoy this one:)
Let me know your thoughts!

Happy Tuesday!
It is a chilly 30 degrees here, but the sun is coming out and that makes for a very nice winter day!

Command #2 is probably a command that you're familiar with..."And He saith unto them, Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt. 4:19). So the command we will look at this week is to 'Follow Me'..and I don't mean on Pintrest!

In a skit about marriage, a girl was diligently searching for something through a pair of binoculars. Her dad came up and said, "Um, Sarah, what are you looking for??"
She replied, "Well I am looking for a husband!"
"I think there might be a better approach" he responded sarcastically.
"Better approach?? What do you mean?"
"Well, that may not be the best way to find a husband, do you have any Biblical support for looking for a husband that way?"
"O yea!," she replied excitedly, "Matthew 4:19; I will make you fishers of men!"

I think she may have had the meaning a little off, but do we really know what it means to follow Jesus and be a fisher of men??

To be a follower of Jesus Christ we must exchange our priorities, affections, and life goals for God's priorities, affections, and goals for our lives. It means we must lay aside our ambitions for God's specific purposes for us, which include to 1) know Him in a personal way and follow Him all our days, and 2) to make disciples of others by teaching them whatever He has commanded us.

A natural response to becoming a follower of Jesus is to be a fisher of men. Why did Jesus call us to 'fish'? Well, as we look at the context, it is very significant! Jesus was first talking to Peter, Andrew, James, and John who were fishermen. Rather than catching fish one by one with a pole, they caught them by the net-full! They also fished at night with a light hanging over the water, because they knew that the fish were attracted to the light and would swim right into the net.
This gives us an example to follow, because we are to attract others to Christ by His light through us. When we are in good fellowship with the Lord, we can't help but radiate His love to others. We may try to persuade others with cunning words, or big events, but the most effective way to win souls is to be growing closer and closer to Jesus ourselves.

-Are you answering God's call to be a fisher of men?
-Are you living in a way that shines the light of Christ or would people be surprised when they found out you were a Christian?
-In order to be a fisher of men, what changes do you need to make in your life?
-How have you exchanged your priorities for God's priorities?

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise" (Proverbs 11:30).

Sharing our faith can be very scary, but it will bring joy to your heart and lasting rewards! Do not put off God's call any longer!

Blessings,
Amanda
(some notes adapted from Commands of Christ by IBLP)

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