Sunday, April 3, 2016

Fishing Lessons

In July 2008, Bob Greene (picture on left) literally went fishing to catch a man. Bob was having his morning coffee when he heard someone calling for help. The cry of distress came from a man drowning in the Kennebec River. Greene grabbed his fishing pole, cast out a line, and snagged the man's shirt with a fishing lure.  He reeled him safely to shore, where the rescued man was taken to a Portland hospital.

Jesus said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19).  If you aren't fishing, you aren't following.  Here are four things to remember when "fishing for men."

1. Be sensitive enough to hear the cry of people who need to be saved.  If Greene had ignored the voice he heard, the man would have drowned. Some people are depressed or they're going through a difficult time, which can be a cry of desperation.

2. Throw out a line. Put down your coffee cup, or whatever else that has your attention, and make an effort to reach the person in need. Explain the gospel in a way he or she can understand it. Here is an example of what to say.

3. Reel in the fish. Don’t leave the person dangling and wondering how to be saved. Lead him or her in prayer to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

4. Provide proper follow-up. Bob Greene didn’t leave the rescued man on the shore, but checked him into a hospital. Help the saved person get involved in a Bible study and Christian fellowship.

Surely you know people who need to be saved. Don't let 'em get away
Listen to Song of the Month "You're Beautiful" sung by Paul & Bethany Baskin

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