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7 Thoughts about Spiritual Fishing

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woman fishing in Sazava river, Czech RepublicSharing our faith should be natural and not forced, but I was afraid my witnessing efforts had become nonexistent. I’d spent little time in conversation with people; it’s hard to build new relationships or even cultivate old ones as a full-time caregiver. Jesus, however, helped me rethink my circumstance.

Here are 7 thoughts about spiritual fishing that stirred my heart to share my faith often.  

1. Gear Up

A fisherman begins the day with a fishing pole, tackle box, and bait because they expect fish.

When we choose to gear up spiritually each day, we are expecting God to help us maximize our day. If our opportunity to witness is with a two-year old or the mailman, let’s be ready. I think 2 Timothy 4:2 says it best, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

2. Find Water

To catch fish, a fisherman needs to find water and sometimes be in the water.

We can easily become comfortable among Christian friends, and family. We need to find ways to connect with people at the grocery store, day care, or neighborhood.  Being in the water means we need to get involved.

3. Right Bait

A fisherman chooses the right bait for the right fish.

Do you talk to your husband, girlfriend, or toddler in the same way? Gosh, I hope not. When we put others first, we’re sensitive to their needs and not our need for a convert. Jesus gives us the right words, at the right time.

4. Weather Ready

Rain, wind, or shine a fisherman is ready with proper apparel.

Witnessing can bring challenges, especially when it’s a relative. People sometimes say hurtful things about believers or even Jesus. Conversations can get stormy, but we can let volatile words slide off our hearts if we wear our emotional rain slicker. Just remember Jesus words, “…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34).

5. Snagged Line

Even a skilled fisherman can experience a tangled fishing line.

What a joy to lead someone to the Lord, but sometimes weak faith may live a compromised life. Jesus wants us to be obedient, but not become the Holy Spirit for others. If a new believer is influenced by naysayers, pray for the opposition. God enjoys multiplying our single effort and expanding His kingdom.

6. Patience

I am amazed how much time fishermen spend waiting, waiting, and waiting for fish.

I have seen individuals accept the Lord immediately, and others take decades. When we trust God for His timing, it makes the waiting easier. My sister prayed for me over ten years. I prayed for my stepfather for twenty years. I’m still waiting for other family members to accept the Lord, but while God tenderizes their hearts, He’s teaching me how to trust in Him.

7. The Catch

If a fisherman has one big catch of the day, it’s worth the effort.

Mark 1:17, tell us Jesus will make us fishers of men, with one precondition—follow Him.  As we follow Jesus, He will create opportunities for us to cast our spiritual line again and again. I’m so thankful someone prayed for me because I was a rebellious lost soul in need of a fisherman.  

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

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References

New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.

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