Matthew 13:47-52(AKJV) The Parable of the Net
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Quote Time- There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~ Washington Irving
|After reading a few articles on fishing, I have determined that there are three basic rules for fishing. One must be (1)prepared (use the right bait or net), (2)be patient (focus and plan nothing else for the day), and (3)be thankful (if nothing is caught, you have the opportunity to fish another day). Even though it is hard work for those who make a living out of fishing, I’ve also come to the conclusion that at the end of the day, a fisherman’s blood pressure must be normal and he or she is at peace when sleeping, therefore out of habit, is ready for what the next day my bring or not.
How does one explain arising so early when going to bed so late after a 12-18 hour work day? It has been said that water has a calming effect on us all. We love to look at water or hear flowing waters. Water is a basic sustenance for the human life. Some of us fear water, but are still drawn to its natural ability to charm the senses. Then I began to ponder why??? It hit me, we live in a water sac for nine months (some shorter) without drowning before being presented to the world. Voila, we are in so many ways a “fish out of water” once birthed. Whoever believes and say that God doesn’t exist, should think again about how they came into existence. Ok, back to subject.
I had never heard the term of endearment aka idiom… “fish or cut bait” until I heard a pastor voice the words. It means to stop vacillating (being hesitant) and decide to act on (do) or disengage (undo) from something. Let’s fish, no bait cutting allowed.
The line, bait, or net used for fishing is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The net must be cast in order to bring those to the knowledge of Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven. This is not just “a job for Superman”, but for all who call themselves Christians per Jesus in Matthew 4:19– “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” If you are a follower of Jesus, the scripture is clearly telling us it is our job to be “fishers of men.” Amen?
As in Jesus’ time and still today, many will be attracted to the net, many will wander off and return to the Word of God, many will be false feeders and net throwers of the Word. Though many think so, not all will enter the kingdom of heaven. This parable clearly states there will be a separation of the good and bad and the old will be replaced with the new. Also look here…Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
May I suggest when fishing, do not be deceitful in words and actions so that you will not be judged as a worker of iniquity. Don’t even take on the task or be forced by others in or out of the church to serve in some form, just because they believe you have the ability to do so. That is one sure fire way to avoid being a worker of iniquity.
Give little heed to a spiritual gifts inventory list until the Holy Spirit moves you to do. It’s a fun and interesting list to complete, however, your task is not to please others, but to please God with the gifts the Holy Spirit has given unto you. I don’t recall anywhere in the bible where disciples were asked to complete a spiritual gifts inventory list. I’m just sayin! Don’t be the fish to fall for the hook, line, and sinker and work outside of what the Lord has called and/are chosen for you to do. Reminder- Do your best in the name of Jesus when led by the Holy Spirit.
We as Christians are all called to serve and just like the fisherman we will need to be prepared, be patient, and be thankful for another day to fish and serve, Lord willing. It is a hard (heart) job and your heart must be in it. Put your trust in the guiding of the Holy Spirit for He knows which gifts are 100% given to you to fulfill/do in fishing for and serving the Lord. Others may get mad because you are not doing what they ask of you or think you should be doing in the organized church realm…keep it moving, follow the Holy Spirit and be in line with the will of God.
The fish will know the true bait of the fisherman to nibble on to be bound for glory. It is the Holy Spirit filled work done outside of the church that is beneficial for fishing for the kingdom of heaven. We are to bring those outside (off-shore swimming), IN to the knowledge and benefits of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (on-shore). Sometimes there are many fish swimming in the Christian church without fins (unnatural to be a finless fish). There is an urgent need for those finless fish to be thrown back off-shore, to grow new fins and be re-baited with the Gospel of Jesus Christ before the angels come forth and “sever the wicked from among the just…”
Have ye understood these things on Fishing for the Kingdom of Heaven and Serving the Lord?
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