My son-in-law went fishing the other day, with an old trout rod we had bought him for Christmas one year.
He was fishing for salmon on the banks of a local river, catching one big fish after another. A fisherman, equipped with expensive bait and rods, was catching nothing.
Finally, he came over to my son-in-law and asked, "What are you doing?" Looking at the old trout rod, he scratched his head and murmured. "Hmm… I'll have to try that!"
We all enjoyed listening to my son-in-law tell the story and shared a good laugh.
We, as Christians, are called to be "fishers of men", and we, too, use something the world considers foolish to catch our "fish" — the message of the cross!
1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (NKJV)
God's ways often seem foolish to the wise of this world, but only God's ways lead to life and godliness.
As we, who are God's children, live our lives beside God's river, we are being watched. We may not be doing things the way the world dictates. In fact, at times, we may look foolish, but there will be some who come close to ask, "What are you doing?" We will then have the privilege of being "fishers of men", sharing with them the message of the cross and aiding in drawing them into the kingdom of God.
Matthew 4:19 – Then [Jesus] said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." (NKJV)
Prayer: Lord, You have called us to be fishers of men. Help us to live our lives in such a way that people will see that we are different in a way that makes them hungry to know You. Open our eyes to see the ones who stand beside us, and may we be faithful in our witness to them. Amen.