Fishers of Men …
Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Matt 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
These verses are deeply convicting. Both deal with God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10), making His followers to be fishers of men. The teaching is razor sharp in its implication: if you follow me (Jesus), I will make you to be fishers of men, and if you come after me (Jesus). I will make you to become fishers of men. Fishers of men fish! They don’t just talk about fishing; they fish. A fisherman is identified by his craft. When someone thinks of a fisherman, he thinks of one who fishes, regularly. The sting of these verses is that if I’m not regularly fishing for men, I’m not a follower of Jesus. If I’m not a fisher of men, I’m not going after Jesus. Fishing for men is quite different than fishing for fish. When men fish for fish, their intent is to kill them; we fish for men to give them life. Men catch fish by deceit; we catch men with the Truth. Are you going after Jesus? Are you following Him?
We fish for inmates in three different types of “fishing holes”: prisons, probation detention centers, and county jails. We see much better results (conversions to Christ) in probation detention centers and jails, generally. The reason is that PDCs and jails have a much higher inmate turn-over rate than prisons. Most PDCs in Georgia have a maximum sentence of 9 months, so we see many new-to-us inmates each time we go. Jails are known for short inmate stays (weeks or months). While we don’t neglect the prisons, we certainly are thankful for the other fishing holes that God has provided.
Our fishing at Haralson County Jail this month brought in a catch of 24 men and women for our Lord Jesus. We regularly see fresh faces there, thank God, and many of them are open to the Gospel. We landed a precious catch of men, 12 in all, at Georgia State Prison, in Reidsville, GA. We don’t believe in catch-n-release, so we had 32 precious ladies gained for our Lord at the Women’s Probation Detention Center, in Claxton, GA. Would you pray that these souls will grow in Christ, and stick with Him?