I’m amused by the story of a boy who was fishing on a stream when a group of teenagers arrived on the scene with their rods and reels and fancy flies. They thrashed the water as they joked and laughed casting and reeling in repeatedly but catching nothing.
The boy sat intently watching the tip of his tree-branch pole. Every so often he pulled up a fish. Finally one of the fellows shouted, "How do you do it? We’ve got special flies but we’re not catching anything!" The boy looked up long enough to reply, "I’m fishing for fish. You’re fishing for fun." Maybe we need to become a little more focused in our attempts to reach people with the gospel.
At least four of Christ’s disciples were fishermen. They knew that it took their full attention and energies to catch fish. Therefore, when Christ commanded them to leave their nets and “catch men,” they realized it would demand their all.
In the same way we need to focus on our mission that was given to us from Christ, “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) This is a serious matter, requiring prayer, courage, sacrifice, perseverance, and single-minded purpose on our part. As believers in Christ we should all be fishing for lost people and we should be fishing with purpose and urgency.
You can almost hear the urgency in Jude’s voice as he says, “save others by snatching them out of the fire.” (Jude 23) There is urgency in our mission and we need to take this mission seriously.