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Friday, October 7, 2011


Now it came to pass that a group existed who called themselves fishermen. And lo, there were many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes filled with fish, and the fish were looking for something.

Week after week, month after month, and year after year, those who called themselves fishermen met in meetings and talked about their call to go fishing. Continually they searched for new and better methods of fishing. They sponsored costly nationwide and worldwide congresses to discuss fishing and hear about all the ways of fishing, such as the new fishing equipment, fish calls and whether any new bait was discovered. These fishermen even built large and beautiful buildings called Fishing Headquarters.
The plea was that everyone should be a fisherman and every fisherman should fish. One thing they didn't do, however, they didn't fish. All the fishermen however seemed to be agreed that what was needed was a board which could challenge fishermen to be faithful in fishing. So the board was formed by those who had great vision and courage to speak about fishing, and to promote the idea of fishing, and to promote the idea of fishing in faraway streams and lakes where many other fish of different colors lived. Large, elaborate and expensive training centers were built whose purpose was to teach fishermen how to fish. Those who taught had doctorates in fishology. But the teachers did not fish. They only taught fishing.
Some spent much study and travel to learn the history of fishing and to see faraway places where the founding fathers did great fishing in centuries past. They lauded the faithful fishermen of years before who handed down the idea of fishing.
Many who felt the "call" to be fishermen responded. They were commissioned and sent to fish off in those "foreign" lands... and to teach fishing. Now it is true that many of the fishermen sacrificed and put up with all kinds of difficulties. Some lived near the water and bore with the smell of dead fish every day. They were even ridiculed at times for their efforts. They anguished over those who were not committed enough to attend weekly meetings to talk about fishing. After all, were they not following the Master who said, 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men?' Imagine how hurt some were when one day a person suggested that those who don't catch fish were really not fishermen, no matter how loudly their claims were made. Yet it did sound correct. Is a person a fisherman if year after year he never actually fishes? 
If Christ were to return to this earth today in physical form, would He find us fishing, in obedience to Him, or would He find us organizing, talking about fishing, and making plans to be the best Fishing Headquarters anywhere?

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