Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What’s in your tackle box?

If we are a disciple of Christ, we are called to be a fisher of men; an evangelist. So, what’s in your tackle box? What tools of the trade have you acquired in order to be successful at the task of fishing for men?

Fishermen use different techniques and bait based on the conditions, environment, and what they are trying to catch. Sometimes they use a fly, they cast, they troll, or they bobber fish. Lures are often used, but so is live bait. And at times, they even pull out the nets. The good ones come prepared for any condition and are able to adapt as those conditions change.

Paul made sure he had a full and diverse tackle box:
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under he law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having he law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. – 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
If we are going follow Christ and fish for men, we must fill our evangelism tackle box. We must be trained to recognize the conditions and adapt. We must know when to be patient and when to get aggressive; when to use the bobber and when to use the nets.

Have you spent the time acquiring the tools of the trade? Have you been trained to skillfully use these tools? Do you know how to adapt your techniques?

Fishing is not a game of luck. Serious fishermen do not leave it up to chance. They are prepared, studied, and practiced. The result is consistent success.

So, what’s in your tackle box?

Lord, pour out your grace on me and help me fill my tackle box. Give me a passion for evangelism and the boldness to use the tools you have provided for me as a fisher of men.

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