“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” —Mark 1:17

There is no way around this. What Jesus said to those early disciples He also has said to us— “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Some will say I don’t have that gift, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). It is not a matter of giftedness; it is a matter of obedience.

I recently read where just over 50% of pastors regularly share their faith. Is it any wonder that the % of those not regularly sharing Jesus in our fellowships is much greater? If the heart of the pastor who claims to be following Jesus isn’t “out to fish for people” then why would the flock he pastors be doing so?

We cannot be obediently making disciples if we are not sharing the gospel with the lost. Brother and sister, we are sent ones— sent to share the gospel and make disciples. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:13-15). Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).

Is it possible for one who claims to be obediently and lovingly following Jesus to not “fish for people” or not to be sharing the gospel as a witness of Jesus?

Dear Father, who today would you have me share the gospel with. May I be sensitive through Your Holy Spirit and fish in the authority of Jesus.

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