The only fishing I care to do is for men. “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). I may not have much skill, but I do apply myself to the task. If you share that interest, I hope to encourage you today. I wonder if one of the best fishing holes is often overlooked.
Almost every Sunday, we have some visitors at church (no doubt churches vary greatly). Most will be saved, but some might not be. Consider that for most people it takes a bit of courage to walk into a new place where they don’t know others. “What will the service be like?” “What will the people there be like?” “Will I fit it?” Many more…
Talk about fish jumping into the boat! Here is an opportunity to show believers and unbelievers the love of Christ and make them feel valued and welcome. Our motives are very important. We love them because Jesus loves them, not to fill pews. We want to minister to hearts similar to how Jesus was with the Samaritan woman at the well. Not just, “Welcome, hope you will come back.”
The challenge for most in the church toward visitors might be thoughts like this. “I don’t know them.” “What will I say?” The worst and most likely excuse is, “I’d rather talk to my friends.” Instead, seek them out before and after church and talk to them. Some pastors encourage people to be prepared to invite visitors out to lunch.
The visitors may never darken the door of another church again. May we love them because Christ first loved us. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (1 John 4:11).
Side note: a Brother in Christ recently asked me what the best resource was for learning how to share Christ with others. I thought you all would have some good recommendations for me. ???