Monday, December 12th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 27)
Cast Their Nets
He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'
Matthew 4:19 (NASB)
The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.
Matthew 13:47-48 (NASB)*
Jesus said to them, 'Children, you do not have any fish, do you?' They answered Him, 'No.' And He said to them, 'Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.' So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
John 21:5-6 (NASB)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: To cast your nets is to fish for God, and no net's bigger than media. You're fishing in a virtual sea that covers and connects the whole world.
When you cast nets through entertainment, you're throwing lines from rapid fire jets. Funny thing: the enemy made them. Therein, you're fulfilling God's promise: you enter the labor of others, so the Lord reaps where He did not sow.
So what is this net you are casting?
1. Your talent lit brightly for the Lord. At first glance, some fans just see the glitz. But when they decide to follow you, they notice your vision and values. Some will opt in for the greater Light.
2. God's Good News in an indirect way. Jesus often spoke in Parables, inviting those most intrigued by Him to dig deeper for the Treasure Chest.** At the same time His indirection dissuaded scoffers to go back home.
3. Your examples of good behavior. When God's stars step off of their stages, they become visible do-gooders, helping people and causes in need. Doing good, seen by loving kindness, is a Cross-cultural calling card.
God's Order? Go fishing every day. It is a wonderful way to live.
To Be Continued...
* Commentary Re: The Parable of the Dragnet: 'The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net ...This parable does not differ in meaning from that of the tares. The gospel is compared to a net dragging along on the bottom of a lake, and collecting all--good and bad. The gospel may be expected to do the same; but in the end of the world, when the net "is drawn in," the bad will be separated from the good; the one will be cast away, and the other saved. Our Saviour never fails to keep before our minds the great truth that there is to be a day of judgment, and that there will be a separation of the good and the evil. He came to preach salvation; and it is a remarkable fact, also, that the most fearful accounts of hell and of the sufferings of the damned, in the Scriptures, are from his lips. How does this agree with the representations of those who say that all will be saved?' (Barnes Notes on the Bible re: Matthew 13:47).
** See the Parables of the Hidden Treasure and A Costly Pearl:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.