“And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway (immediately) left their nets, and followed Him” (Matthew 4:19-20).
The disciples, as I have mentioned many times previously, were willing to leave father, family, friends, financial security, future ambitions, and everything that was familiar to them. Why? Well first of all, to follow Jesus. And in following Jesus, they would become “fishers of men.” That was their call 2,000 years ago and it is our call today!
There are so many distractions in life. Here in the U.S. you have the Election coming up and the many concerns that surround it. For those who are sports fans, you have World Series and the start of the NBA season. Of course, you have family, friends, financial concerns, and either school or a job, or possibly both.
There are so many things to do, and often something unintentionally gets left out! And I think many, if not most of us, would tend to agree that this matter of “fishing for men” is often one of the first things to be left behind. This is especially true when it comes to “fishing for men” who are different than we are, or what I like to refer to as “Deep Sea Fishing.”
Whether one likes it or not, America has changed. God has literally bought the world to our neighborhoods, universities, schools, and places of employment. Concerning the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, I read these words below a few days ago:
“Hispanics make up a large portion of the metroplex with roughly a million people. But there are also 40,000 Arabs, 90,000 Chinese, 25,000 Colombians, 5,000 Egyptians, 80,000 El Salvadorans, 7,500 Cambodians, 8,000 Bangledeshis, 15,000 Ethiopians, 90,000 Indians, 40,000 Iranians, 20,000 Ismaaelis, 50,000 Koreans, 25,000 Nepalese, 25,000 Nigerians, 10,000 North Africans, 50,000 Pakistanis, 30,000 Filipinos, 40,000 Polish, 22,000 Puerto Ricans, 80,000 Vietnamese, and dozens of other ethnicities. If this is Dallas— the jewel of Texas in the churchgoin’ God-fearin’ South— what about where you live?”
Folks, America is changing and it is changing rapidly! I am presently near the city of Fresno. This entire area is saturated with Hispanics. The city of Fresno is home to 25,000 Hmong people.
I was recently in the city of Detroit. The city of Dearborn is right next door. It is said that there are 300-400,000 Muslims living there. Is anybody reaching out to these dear souls? Is any one willing to step out of their comfort zone and love them?
Not long ago I read that there are 300,000 Chinese foreign exchange students in American universities. Who’s reaching them? Who is willing to step out of their comfort zone with hearts of compassion and try to reach these dear souls?
You just have to wonder, are we as individuals or are our churches doing all that we can to be “fishers of men”? And are we willing to leave the shores of our comfort zone and do some “deep sea fishing,” reaching those who are different than we are?
Yes, we are all busy. We are preoccupied with many different things. There’s no doubt, something is going to get left out of the mix. Let’s not let it be this matter of “fishing for men” for which we have been called!