Mat 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mat 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”
Our treasure is Jesus. His treasure is us. Jesus sold everything to buy that treasure. The weight and value of that treasure is more valuable than all that He had.
Mark 8:35-36 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
We sometimes forget the value of a single soul. Sometimes we get a bad attitude and the Lord has to help us. All souls are valuable to Him. How valuable? That you would sell everything you have and everything you want to be in order to gain that treasure.
The early church understood that money was a means of exchange and was to be used to bring lost souls to Jesus Christ. It’s about growing the church and transforming their city. They began to teach in homes and Bible studies everywhere.
Mat 28, Jesus says, ‘teach and baptize and make disciples.’ Reach the lost. Where did we get off track?
Souls are why the church even exists! Souls are why He hasn’t taken us to be in heaven yet. We are called to be fishers of men. We are here to make a difference for the kingdom of God. We can start out small and end up having great revival if we are consistent. The Amazon River begins with just a snowflake from a mountain and it ends with a mouth over 100 miles wide and pushing out fresh water hundreds of miles into the Atlantic Ocean.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the church of the Living God was so on fire that it couldn’t be stopped? We need to do our part if we want God to do His part.
Where is salvation? Where is the church? This world is desperate for truth and love. We have it, but we’ve got to get on fire with it. One soul matters to God. One soul coming in or another soul going out matters to God. If you are following Jesus, He will teach you how to win the lost.
- Follow Jesus. The first principle of being a disciple is forgetting about yourself and following Jesus. He loves people. If you don’t love people, you’re not following Jesus. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. The Spirit of Christ is loving the lost. Time is short and we’ve got to reach them. Get into His Word. Go to church. Apply His Word to your life. If it’s in the Book, I want to follow it, live it, and apply it.
- Go through the process. He will make you and me fishers of men. Make, cause to become. Our Jesus is a maker, a creator. He will make you a soul winner. He will transform you. It’s called process. Follow Jesus and you will go through a process. If you’re in a process, there will be stuff you like and stuff you don’t. When you go through a process, you are going to be changed, something different from what you were before. If you fight that, it will take longer. Sometimes even sickness is a tool in the hands of God. He is a healer, but He is also a maker. God can do whatever is necessary to advance His agenda. His agenda is to win the lost. Die daily until you are resurrected as a soul winner.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.