While my wife and I waited at a stop light the other day, an old pickup truck creaked up next to us. I noticed the bed was filled with a hodgepodge of items.
The most curious piece of cargo was a single fishing pole–leaning over the passenger side, just behind the cab. My eyes fixated on a gleamy three-pronged hook, as a few feet of fishing line floated over the street in the breeze. It was al-LURE-ing.🥸
“He isn’t gonna catch much,” I joked. The light turned green and the truck took off. “Now he’s trolling,” I said to my wife. “That should increase his odds.”
The fascinating sight of a guy “air fishing” (unknowingly, I assume) brought to mind the time when Jesus met two men who were fishing for REAL. Simon and his brother Andrew were casting their nets at the seaside when Jesus walked up and said, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” – Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
“What are you fishing for?” This was the Holy Spirit’s question of the day–after I encountered the asphalt angler. In other words, what do people see when they metaphorically pull up next to my life at a stop light?
Jesus is primarily visible through the lives of those who abide in Him. Otherwise, the world sees an empty hook. Fish will sometimes bite a shining empty three prong (please chime in, Gary Fultz), but they’ve got to be pretty hungry!
🎶”Will they see God for who He really is… in what they see in you and me?”🎶 These are the opening words to the chorus of a popular contemporary Christian song from the late 1980’s.
I once saw a young Christian woman who was super-irritated with the cashier at a local hardware store. Apparently the clerk counted her change back incorrectly. Loud enough for anyone in the store to hear, the sullen customer said, “Are you an idiot?!” I looked over, and that’s when I saw her tee-shirt; it said, “Jesus Saves and Heals.” #stinkbait
So what bait should we use to catch people like Jesus did? In this case, the lure is a healing one. It’s Christ Himself!
“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”Jesus – John 12:32 (NIV)
Ready to wet a divine line?