Yeshua said to them, “Come after Me, and I will make you fishers for men!” (Matthew 4:19 CJB)
As I was getting ready to write on more of the words of Jesus, the Lord began speaking to my heart about what is involved in being fishers for men, and I realized that yesterday’s word was only a part of fishing for men. It’s not enough for us to share the good news with people – to catch the fish so to speak. You see, a fisherman’s work is not finished once he catches the fish. That’s only the beginning of the work.
The next thing a fisherman must do is scale the fish, and that’s a nasty job. You see, you have to grasp that slippery, slimy fish that you’ve caught and begin scraping against its grain with a knife to remove those scales. In the same way, a fisher for men must hold the person that has been won over by the Lord, and begin speaking the truth of the Word to that person, who may have scales over his/her eyes, thus blinding them to the truth about themselves and about the Lord. Warning! This is a painful task for both the person who has the scales and the one who is holding him/her up. There is always the danger of being cut. That’s why we must be very careful to let Holy Spirit do the scraping, while we hold that person up – praying and speaking only those words the Spirit gives us to speak, nothing more, nothing less.
The next thing a fisherman must do is gut the fish. Warning! This is a nasty, stinking but necessary task. Again, this is a surgical procedure that we allow Holy Spirit to perform, while we continue to hold the person up, speaking life and praying fervently for him/her. As painful as it was to have the scales removed from the person’s life, this is the most painful and crucial part of being a fisher for men. You see, there may be all sorts of lies that this person has absorbed in his/her life, not to mention the toxins that he/she may have ingested. And what about all of the things hidden in the depths of his/her being that must be gutted out?
Brothers and sisters, if we are to be fishers of men, we must be willing to complete the job, from start to finish. We must never leave the job partially done or the person’s new found faith may wither and die. We must continue to pray for that person, even though that person may try to slip away from Holy Spirit’s surgical procedure. We must continue to encourage that person while they are going through the very same procedure that each one of us went through, exhorting them and sharing the hope that is within each one of us, letting them know that in the end, they will be clean and new, as all of the odors and toxins are cleansed away, because one day, they too will become fishers for men.
May the Lord richly bless you today as you go fishing!
Cheryl A. Showers