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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)

TITLE: Been Fishing, Lately?
By Marilyn Klunder
02/05/07


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Being a fisherman is a hobby to some, and to others it is a labor of love. In fact, being a fisherman requires a talent that most of us should hope to acquire.

Being a good fisherman requires a desire to go to the lake and cast out your pole into the murky waters. It requires the right bait to catch the fish, and it requires the right amount of patience to sit and wait as the fish plays with the bait; a nibble here, and a nibble there. Once the fish takes his first bite then you have to have the strength to reel him in. Once you reel the fish in then you have to look at the fish and determine, is it a trophy fish? Is it a frying fish? Or is it a fish that is thrown back into the murky water.

When Jesus called His disciples He said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 NIV) Is it any wonder the fish is the symbol for Christianity; for being a fishers of men is the very heart of evangelism. Is it any wonder that Jesus called fisherman to join Him? Being fishers of men is not that much different from being a fisherman. Being fishers of men requires a desire for us to cast out into the murky waters. It requires the right bait, which is our witness and testimony, and it requires patience as they take a nibble here, and a nibble there. Once they take a bite, then we need the strength to reel them in.

Jesus took the talents that Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John already had as fisherman and added to it the knowledge of heavenly things. Have you gone fishing lately? Have you been to the murky lake? Have you offered the same invitation that Jesus offered the disciples, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (NIV) If not then maybe it is time to sharpen up your skills as a fisherman and become the fishers of men that Jesus talked about.


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Jan Ackerson 02/08/07
Well thought-out analogy--thank you for presenting it.