Sunday, 11 April 2021
Title: Fishers of Men
By Elder Yu Chin Shie
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men”
I am not sure how many of us are familiar with the Sunday School song with the following lyrics:
“I will make you fishers of men.
Fishers of men, fishers of men.
I will make you fishers of men.
If you follow me.
If you follow me,
If you follow me;
I will make you fishers of me,
If you follow me”
The context of Matthew 4:19
Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee. He saw Simon and his brother, Andrew who were casting a net into the lake. He called to them to follow Him. At once, they left their nets and followed Jesus.
I first learned of the above song in Sunday School (SS) more than 50 years ago. Even at a young age, we were taught to be fishers of men. We were encouraged to invite our friends to attend SS and were given stars stamped on our attendance cards for friends we invited to SS as reward. At the end of the year, the child who had the most number of stars would get a present.
Why do I bring up this SS song?
It is to remind us that as followers of Jesus, we are to be fishers of men. The call to share our faith to those who are yet to know our Saviour and Lord, is the task of every child of God. I am sure most of us who have been Christians for some time, know that the responsibility to evangelize is not solely that of our pastors and leaders.
The Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 :
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Have we been ‘fishers of men’ lately?
I understand the last one year had been very difficult for most of us with the Covid 19 pandemic affecting our lives in so many ways.
I would like to share how the Lord has provided me an unexpected opportunity to reach out to people during these challenging times.
Some of you know that I retired from work end of last February in 2020. Less than three weeks later, we had our first MCO and all of us were confined at home. Once the MCO was relaxed, we were able to go out for exercise. My wife and I decided to go to our neighborhood park, which is close to a big Chinese primary school, for our daily morning walk.
Little did I realize my daily morning walk of 70 min has turned into an enriching experience. During the last ten months or so, I got to know many of our neighbors. We had stayed in our community for more than 30 years and it was only during the last several months that we got to know many of them. Some have been walking in the park for many years.
To connect with people, my advice is to be friendly, take initiatives to strike conversations, keep a look out for new people and pray that God will help you bond with some of them. I have made a few good friends and enjoy the daily conversation with different people at different times as I exercise. One of our neighbors, an unbeliever, have been attending our virtual church service quite regularly and reading our church daily devotion. I pray through this “friendship” evangelism, some of them, in God’s timing, will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
I hope many of our readers will also look out for creative ways, even during this difficult time, to reach out to many who are yet to know Jesus.
Jesus has pulled us out of the pit of darkness and bathed us in His marvelous light. We are to call them ( the unbelievers ) out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Pet 2:9
Let us be fishers of Men!
We thank you for the gift of salvation and eternal life. We acknowledge many of our loved ones, relatives and friends are still unbelievers. May you, by your grace and mercy, help us to be fishers of men to lead many to saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
In Jesus name we pray,
18 耶稣进前来，对他们说：“天上地下所有的权柄都赐给我了。 19 所以你们要去，使万民做我的门徒，奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗[a]， 20 凡我所吩咐你们的，都教训他们遵守。我就常与你们同在，直到世界的末了。”