Mark 1:17-18 (NLT) states, 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.
They left their “nets” for the “nets” Jesus would give them. What is your “net”? What have you left behind or let go of, and allowed Jesus to show you how to fish for men. God wants to reap souls for His Kingdom (Jeremiah 31:3). It is not His will that any man should perish (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus wants all to come into the knowledge of His love and truth (John 14:6).
The NLT version of Jeremiah 31:3 says God draws us with “unfailing love”. The KJV says He draws us with “lovingkindness”. Do you see God’s “nets”? His “nets” are “unfailing love” and “lovingkindness.” The basis of both of them is LOVE. God fishes for men, or people, through “LOVE”. It’s no surprise because God IS LOVE (I John 4:8). What is your “net”?
Romans 12:6-8 (NLT) reads 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Did you notice the adjectives in that passage? Whatever your “net” is, draw people unto Jesus with the best of what you have (I Corinthians 10:31). Whatever gift, or “net”, God has given you, do it with the purpose of drawing people unto Christ (Ephesians 4:7-8) (I Corinthians 12:7-11). Whatever gift, or “net”, God has given you, do it with the purpose of glorifying God through Jesus Christ (I Peter 4:11). Finally, whatever your “net” is, you must do it in love, because God is love (I Corinthians 13:1-7).
What is your “net”?