Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 40)
Fishers Of Men
He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'

Matthew 4:19 (NKJV)
The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
Matthew 13:47-48 (NKJV)
Everybody is fishing for something, normal stuff the world deems desirable: food, friends, home, health, work, wealth, love, looks, deals, books, passion, purpose, trinkets, titles, applause, justice, respect or appreciation.

But mostly, we're fishing for salvation: a person, place or thing to rescue us from the heartache or drudgery of life. When none of the fish we catch provide it, we jump into oceans of temptations. And once we do, we, ourselves, become fish.

Because the water feels good for a while and we forget the things that didn't work. But every time we get out and dry off, our lives feel so bleak we jump in again. Sooner or later, we know we're drowning. Once there, the hook of Christ looks very good.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Despairing people are receptive. They know they're lost and want to be found. They know they're trapped and want to be saved. They are the fish most ready to bite the Bread of life found only in Christ.

Therefore, consider the action plan as your Captain's modern fishermen: 1) Your talent is an appealing lure; 2) The hook is your behavior off-stage;* 3) Jesus is waiting inside the boat.

Once these fish are brought into His boat, they become new creations in Christ. They will no longer be Satan's prize, because (unfortunately for men), the devil is a fisherman, too.

To Be Continued...

* If fans are attracted by your talent, they're drawn in further by your behavior. The best behavior/food you can offer them is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law' (Galatians 5:22-23, NASB).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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