The Big Picture – Part 12

Fishers of Men

So, although we talk of belief in Him and talk about God and Christ and the Holy Spirit, we do not know Him. We do not come to Him that we may have Life. Instead, we turn to the religious idols (intangible beliefs, traditions and physical charms, including church buildings) men, and ourselves, have concocted and force Him to fit Him into our image.

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.” John 5:39-45.

Interesting He says that they (and by implication many of us) are trusting in Moses. These were contemporaries of Jesus that He was speaking to. What were they trusting Moses for? They were trusting in the keeping of the Law (which at this point had largely become the traditions of men) to save them. Please God, anything but trusting you. We can’t control that. We can control what we can do, so we can trust in our own ability and strength to be good enough, to do the “right things”. But to trust you requires faith and a sacrifice of my control, my will to You. Please, not that.

Yes that. There is really no other Way, except faith in His ability, His strength, His Love. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. We must rest our entire weight of hope on Him. We must learn to practice and sacrifice every minute of this life on the altar, a living sacrifice. Then and only then are we trusting Him. Then and only then do we have faith in God. Then do we truly believe.

Faith is exhibited in this letting go of our agenda, our will, our desires, our hopes, our fears, our very life for His, that He might live and move and have His Being in us, through our personalities. It is in this death that you live and do not die. You give up the sordid, wrecked life of Self and gain His Life in you. It is a substitutionary life. He gave His life for you. Won’t you give your life for His? He acted in faith, won’t you also trust the Father?

Unfortunately for most this is just too much to ask. They still want to ask the question: “What’s in it for me?” Well, I am glad you asked. Everything. Everything you always wanted, and fought and coveted and sought to gain in your flesh is gained — no, received — in the Spirit of Christ. You get Love.

That is the bait. God lures us with love. He knows that inside us is a deep longing for intimacy and love that goes unfulfilled. He also knows that nobody will experience true Love apart from Him. He created the Love hole in you so that only He can fill the space. Nothing, no nothing, nor no one, can ever come even close to filling that hole. You will attempt to put everything you think may work into that hole, but it cannot fill it.

It is this Love that beckons men to come and rest. Come to Me and receive rest for your weary soul. So this is the test of the heart. Do you Love Me or do you love Self more? Do you trust Me, or do you trust Self more? These types of questions and the answers you demonstrate to them every day all day make clear your own heart, your own desires and beliefs.

God came to earth on a fishing trip, to catch the hearts of men that would be attracted to the bait of His Love. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10. And He came to teach us to do the same.”And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt. 4:19.

Many who have been caught by the Lure of Love have now become fishers of men like their Teacher and Master, yet sadly many others have never even been fishing. They just want to be caught, not taught.