“It’s called fishing, not catching. Most the time you don’t catch anything. But when you do, it’s really exciting!” said the rugged Alaskan outdoorsman.
What a statement on what it’s like to be a Christian–you share the Gospel, love, serve, give…and most the time you don’t see much come from your efforts. It’s hard work. And like Button, who had about 20 minutes of fishing in her before she passed out asleep in the boat, we are all inclined to just “put the pole down.” God knew this, though. Which is probably why He encouraged us to not grow weary in doing good for there is a reward for our work.
The best fish are usually towards the bottom. So you’ve gotta get a weight on your line that’s heavy enough to get your hook down there. Same thing for believers–you’re going to be a better fisher-of-men if you’ve got more weight or substance to your faith, character, and application of biblical truth.
Fishing–whether for fish or for men–takes a lot of patience and perseverance. Just keep trying, don’t give up.
And the lure is key–it’s gotta look like something the fish wants or it won’t go for it. Same thing with fishing for men. Christians have to be appealing or people won’t be interested in what they’re saying, what they’re doing, or what they have to offer. Too often, Christians can be very unappealing (cliche-ish, rules-oriented, unkind, judgmental), rather than looking like Christ, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit. The lure you use matters. As the Alaskan outdoorsman said, the fish are smart.