“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:47-50 (NIV)
Let It Down
The net that is let down in the lake, that’s what I want you to do for me. You love to fish don’t you? Yes, I do. Well then, it’s time for you to go fishing for people. I’m calling you to use your life to go fishing for me. I want you to cast out the net of the good news of forgiveness, salvation and new life in me. Are you willing to do this for me? Yes Lord, I am. Will you go where I send you, when I prompt you? Yes Lord, I will.
You must have your eyes and ears open to what people say to you. You must have your eyes and ears open to me, so that, you will know what I want you to say to them. I will do that. I will instruct your tongue. I will put my words in your mouth. I will teach you to boldly declare my word. The net will be cast far and wide. Fish of all kinds will be caught. I want you to examine all the fish. Love and pray for each and every one of them. Some will not choose to follow me. Others will not understand my call on their lives. I will use you to speak for me, so that they will come to understand and follow me.
How does this all sound to you? It sounds overwhelming. Yes, I’m sure that it does. It would be impossible without me helping you every step of the way. Remember, apart from me you can do nothing. Yes Lord, I’ve learned that quite well.
But, I can tell something about you. What’s that? You’re very excited about the idea of me using you. Yes Lord, I am. You have been praying that you will bear abundant fruit for me and my kingdom and glory. Yes Lord, I have. That prayer will not go unanswered. You have been asking me to teach you how to pray. You have been asking me to revive, restore and use you in my service. Yes Lord, I have. Those prayers will not go unanswered. You have also been asking me to teach you to be able to boldly proclaim my word. That prayer will also not go unanswered. Do you believe what I’m saying to you? Do you trust me? Will you allow me to use you? Yes Lord, I will. Good, should we start right now, today? Yes Lord, that sounds very good to me. Well, let’s let down the net to begin catching fish.
Lord, open my eyes and ears to see and hear the cries of people who need you. Help me to let down my net, so that I can be used to catch people for you. Show me where to go, how to pray and what to say to those who need you. Amen
Key Question… Where is the Lord asking you to let down your net to begin catching people for Him?
Living It Out… Be watching and listening and praying for opportunities to let down your net to share your faith in Christ with others.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord wants you to let down your net so that you can begin catching people for Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has helped you to let down your net and share your faith.
Prayer To Bless Others… May your eyes and ears be open to the Lord so that you will know where to let down your net for Him.
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