Just as there are rules for ordinary fishing, there are also rules for fishing men.
In Matthew 4:19 we read, “‘COME, FOLLOW ME,’ JESUS SAID, ‘AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN.'”
Here are some general rules taken from One Hundred Bible Lessons by Alban Douglas (Soul Winning).
- Seek and pray for opportunities.
- Our goal must be to lead the person to Christ.
- Deal with your own age.
- Be courteous.
- Avoid familiarities.
- Deal with the person alone.
- Always keep confidences.
- Don’t argue.
- Don’t rely on your ability.
- Don’t become impatient
- Deal with sinners as if you are a fellow sinner.
Today I approached someone here on Commerce Street in Kaitaia. The young man came from Uruguay in South America and was involved with a charity looking for supporters. In the course of our conversation he mentioned that there is a Career in International Relations. That was new to me, but a wonderful opportunity to talk about a relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Billy Graham says,”If ever we are to study the Scriptures, if ever we are to spend time in prayer, IF EVER WE ARE TO WIN SOULS TO CHRIST, if ever we are to invest our finances for His kingdom – it must be now.”
And let us remember to know the rules before we fish.