Sunday, 11 April 2021
Title: Fishers of Men
By Elder Yu Chin Shie

Matthew 4:19
“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!

Prayer –

Heavenly Father,
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,
Amen

每日灵粮
2021年4月11日,星期日
标题:得人渔夫
作者:余清熹长老
翻译:林良億姐妹

马太福音4:19
19 耶稣对他们说:来跟从我,我要叫你们得人如得鱼一样。”

我不确定我们当中有多少人熟悉以下歌词中的主日学歌曲:

“我叫你作得人渔夫。
得人渔夫,得人渔夫。
我叫你作得人渔夫。
你若跟从我 (x3)
我叫你作得人渔夫,
你若跟从我”

以上就是马太福音4:19 的简略大概。

耶稣在加利利海边行走。祂看到西门和他的兄弟安德烈(Andrew)正在向湖里撒网。祂呼召他们跟随祂。他们立刻放下了网,跟随耶稣基督。

五十多年前,我在主日学校, 第一次听到了上述歌曲。即使在很小的时候,我们就被教导要成为得人的渔夫。我们被鼓励邀请我们的朋友来参加主日学,以奖励我们邀请参加主日学的朋友,老师会在我们的考勤卡上加盖星星。在年底的时候,拥有最多星星的孩子会得到一份礼物。

为什么要提起这首主日学歌曲?

这是提醒我们,作为耶稣的跟随者,我们将成为得人的渔夫。与所有尚未认识救主耶稣基督的人分享我们的信心,这是上帝每个孩子的任务。我相信我们当中成为基督徒已经有一段时间的,多数都知道,传福音的责任不仅仅是牧师和领导人的责任。

我们的主耶稣在马太福音28:18-20中给了一个大使命:

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。”

最近的我们是“得人的渔夫”吗?

我知道最近一年对于大多数人来说都是非常艰难的,因为病毒病大流行以多种方式影响了我们的生活。

我想分享一下主如何为我提供了一个难得的机会,在这些充满挑战的时候与人们接触。

有些人知道我在去年二月底退休了。不到三周后,第一个行动管制令(MCO)就开始了,我们所有人都被关在家里。行动管制令放宽后,我们便可以出去锻炼身体。我和妻子决定每天早上去我们附近的社区公园散步,该公园靠近一所很大的中文学校。

我几乎没有意识到每天70分钟的晨步会变成了丰富的体验。在过去十个月左右的时间里,我结识了许多邻居。我们在社区中居住了三十多年,直到最近几个月我们才认识了其中许多人。有些人已经在公园里晨步多年了。

为了与人建立联系,我的建议是友善,主动与人对话,并祈求上帝帮助你与其中一些新的陌生人联系。我结交了一些好朋友,并在运动时享受与不同的人日常对话。我们的一个邻居,一个信徒,经常参加我们网络上的教会崇拜,并每天阅读教会的每日灵粮。我祈祷通过这种“友谊”传福音,在上帝的安排奇妙时机,其中一些人会接受耶稣为他们的个人救主。

我希望更多的读者也将寻求创新的方式,即使在这个困难的时期,也可以接触到许多尚未认识主耶稣的人。

耶稣把我们从黑暗的坑里拉出来,用奇妙的光芒照亮我们。我们要叫他们(非信徒)脱离黑暗进入祂奇妙的光(彼得前书2:9)。

让我们成为得人渔夫!

祷告–天父,我们感谢你的救赎和永生。我们承认我们许多亲人,亲戚和朋友仍是非信徒。愿你的恩典和怜悯帮助我们成为得人渔夫,带领许多人认识拯救我们的救主。

奉我主耶稣的名祈求的,阿们!