Throughout my ministry and being a disciple, God has placed so many different people in my path. People from all different walks of life. From the affluent to the poor, from important to not important, and from the religious to the non-religious. But a common theme between them all, when confronted with the gospel, is they will listen if it is presented in a non-threatening way.
In the book of Mark, Jesus told the apostles that he will make them fishers of men. Now, let me show you how a fishermen works. The fishermen have their boats and their nets. The go out to the sea and they cast their nets in the water. After a while, they pull in the nets and in most cases, there is their catch, fish galore. Sometimes they cast their nets and pull in little to nothing. But they do it in a way that when they throw their nets, they don’t scare off the fish.
Being a Disciple: Don’t Shoot
When Jesus told the apostles to follow Him, he didn’t say “grab your 12 gauge shot gun and let’s go hunting. We’ll go out and find our prey, take aim, shoot’em and the drag them back to the house”.
But unfortunately, this is how many Christians try to share the news of Christ. They go out and start taking aim at all those who are in “sin”. They tell them they are going to hell if they don’t change their ways. Albeit true, it’s in the delivery we lose the attention of the lost.
Much like the fishermen who use nets, our preverbal net is the word of God. We should throw our “net” out, as not to scare the lost. Throw it out in a way that entices them to come around the net. Then, when it is time, we pull the net in, slowly. By sharing the gospel in a way that is non-threatening way, you will have the attention of that person you are witnessing to longer than you will if you go at them with gun barrels blazing. Build a relationship, then you will have their trust.
Don’t scare off the fish. It makes fishing harder for the rest of. Read the gospels, you can see Jesus as the example of the best fisherman around.
God Bless and share your faith,