We all have a job to do. Some of us are stay-at-home moms, while others work in the corporate world. Some do physical labor, and others work at a desk. Like us, the early disciples, too, had jobs. Some were tax collectors and others tradesmen. But many of them were fishermen. They worked long hours into the night in hopes to get a return for all their time and effort. With their nets and rods ready, they would anxiously wait for that tug.
Have you ever felt that tug? A nudge in the spirit? A gentle whisper that says go talk to that person over there? Maybe it’s happened to you in the grocery store or at work. Or maybe when your neighbor says hi or when your grandmother comes to visit. It’s in those moments that the Holy Spirit is calling you to cast your net. As Christians, we all have a unanimous why – to seek and save the lost.
Jesus took what the disciples did in the natural and made it eternal, and he wants to do the same with us. You aren’t just a teacher or a just painter. You are a fisher of men and you possess the same power and authority that Jesus gave to the disciples! We all have little worlds around us made up of people who we interact with on a weekly basis. We also have the power to reach them; to impact their lives, to pray for them, and be a voice of grace and truth. Now go out where it’s deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish (Luke 5:4).
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.” -1 Peter 3:15-16
8 Practical Ways to Reach People:
1. Fish don’t talk to you. Often times, people don’t care what you have to say. But they will remember how you made them feel; people long to feel cared for.
2. You don’t catch anything with the wrong bait. Find something of common interest to bridge the gap between you and that person. People love talking about what they know.
3. It takes patience. There’s no specific timeframe to catch a fish. You can’t force it. People will retreat if you are pushy.
4. It takes consistency. If you are serious about people, keep showing up. There are some days nothing will happen, but if you are consistent, you will see results.
5. Know your stuff. When Jesus is real to you, you seek after Him. And it ultimately prepares you to explain your hope as a believer. Don’t be ashamed to share your story.
6. Fishing is relaxing if done properly. The pressure is off when you learn to rely on the Holy Spirit. Let Jesus guide your conversation.
7. Fish never announce their arrival. The tug could happen out of nowhere. God will put people in your path on purpose. Be ready.
8. Don’t discriminate. We think we know who is ready to be saved. We aren’t meant to save people. Our job is to point people to Jesus.
God will use you exactly where you are: your job, at home, during church. We all have 8-15 people in our little worlds who we come in contact with often. Some are away from God, some have said yes to Jesus but are lukewarm, and some are believers. And we all have a net – the Gospel.
Make a commitment to pray for your world daily.
Pray that each one would sense God’s presence in their lives.
Pray God would draw each one closer to Himself.
Watch for appropriate opportunities to discuss and demonstrate your faith in Jesus.
Keep inviting them to church.