“And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets.”
Today, the Holy Spirit will speak to us in a different dimension as we open our hearts to hear from Him.
Cleanliness, we know, is next to godliness. This saying is applicable to different aspects of life. If you want to start a business, you must ensure that your plans are well laid out, your brand is well packaged, and your environment is properly cleaned. Before we cook, we confirm that our utensils are washed and ready for use.
In this same light, before fishermen go fishing, they ensure that their nets are in good condition. The above scripture shows that the fishermen were washing their nets. Usually, during any fishing activity, the net doesn’t catch only fish from the water, it comes out with other unwanted items like shells, weeds, debris, sharp objects that can cut the net, etc.
However, the fishermen do not only take out the fish. Instead, they separate the fish from other unwanted things. After which, they wash the net. If not, they would cause the net to wear out due to the decomposition of unwanted items.
This is the same way we Christians should care for our net. You may ask what our net is. Well, our heart is the net through which the Holy Spirit catches men for the kingdom of God. You must keep your heart in good shape to function appropriately in the mission the Lord has set before you. It is impossible to win souls for God when our heart is not in the right state. Only a pure and holy heart can see and hear from God. Only a ready-to-use heart, free of blemish and unnecessary weights, will be capable of bringing men to Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
While fishing for men, we always need to watch and wash our hearts and stay in good condition spiritually, physically, mentally, and in other areas. In evangelism, we would meet different types of people with different unholy characters, and we must guard our hearts to avoid being corrupted by them. We must be sensitive to avoid being yoked with them.
While catching fish, some fishermen get drowned, and some are caught and eaten by dangerous sea animals. So as a Christian, out on fishing men for God, beware! Guard your heart. Be sensitive. Don’t get into unnecessary discussions or arguments with those you’re supposed to preach Christ to. Although some may insult and curse you, don’t react in anger; rather, respond in love as Jesus would have. Remember, you’re His representative here on earth.
Many have lost their souls in the process of winning souls. Many have been seduced and haven’t recovered from it. Some have become captives under those they went to catch for God. Pray for help. Pray for wisdom and the right utterance. Pray for the capacity to take the work of God to the greatest level, and once again, don’t lose guard.
Let he that thinks he stands take heed, lest he falls. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Prov. 4:23-27.
Heavenly Father, I have come to you today. Thank you for my heart. Thank you because I know you’re mending and making it ready for your use. Help me to be a Fisher of men, and as I do so, help my heart to remain steadfast in you. Help me never to fall into the trap of the enemy. As I go out to fish the souls of men for your glorious kingdom, help me never to be left behind. Thank you for answered prayers. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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