Monday, March 28, 2011

Using the Right Bait

Jesus said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19). If you aren't fishing, you aren't following! We fish for men by telling them about Jesus and that He is the only way to heaven. Bait is what attracts fish. If you want to catch fish, you must choose the right bait. Different kinds of fish don't all bite on the same kind of bait. A good fisherman knows how the particular fish thinks that he's trying to catch, and what kind of bait it will like. If you go deep sea fishing for marlins, you won't catch them using worms. They want a large chunk of bait. If you go trout fishing in a mountain stream, you will use a fly on top of the water. Catfish in a lake swim closer to the bottom and they like stink bait. Bluegills swim closer to the top and like worms and crickets. Just as fish are different, so are people. They all need the Lord, but everyone thinks differently. A person won't get saved until they realize they need to be saved. Not everyone is convinced in the same way, so here are some are the different kinds of bait to use, according to the person's need.

  • Fear of dying. Most people are terrified of dying because they don't know what lies beyond the grave. You can tell the person that Jesus died for them to take away the fear of death. (See Heb. 2:14-15)

  • Lack of purpose. Many people are asking, "Why am I here?" Tell them that Jesus came to give them a reason to live. (See John 10:10, 11:25-26)

  • Life is in turmoil. Tell them that Jesus can give them inner peace, even when going through trials. (See John 14:27)

  • Confused and need guidance. Tell them that God wants to guide them through life (See John 10:27, 14:6, 16:13)

  • Something is missing. Tell them that everyone has a God-shaped void inside that only Jesus can fill. (See John 10:10).
After explaining how they can be saved, be sure to lead them in a prayer of salvation. "Dear Jesus, thank you for dying for me on the Cross. Come into my life and save me. I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank you for saving me. Amen." To hear the entire message on this subject, go to and click on "Going Fishing."