The Shepherd's Voice

Fishers of Men - Tim Stroud and Vitals - Mike Baker

Fishers of Men

About six years ago I taught a song at Barton Bible Camp called "Fisher's of Men" that immediately became a favorite. It begins with the words, "Rise and Follow me, I'll make you worthy, Rise and Follow me and I'll make you Fishers of Men". This year our theme of camp was "Fishers of Men" from Matt 4:19. Then He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men!

Christ was the true fisher of men and perfect example to follow. As Paul says in 1 Cor 11:1, Follow my example, just like I follow Christ’s. Are we willing to follow in these footsteps?

TIM STROUD

 

Vitals

At a recent doctor’s appointment, I was reminded of the importance of checking several vital signs that provide a quick picture of my physical health. Typically, when I visit the Doctor for any reason I receive a quick checkup including listening to my heart and lungs, taking my pulse, checking my blood pressure, taking my height & weight, testing my reflexes, and answering several health-related questions.

The same is true regarding our spiritual health. We need regular checkups to ensure we are healthy spiritually James 1:22-27. The following checklist is not extensive or exhaustive but does provide some insight into our spiritual status.

Pray - 1Thess. 5:17; Ephesians 6:18

Study - 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-15

Serve/Be Involved – Romans 15:1-2; Galatians 6:9-10; Matthew 7: 21-23

Attitude – Philippians 2:1-8

Meet regularly – Hebrews 10:25

Grow - 2 Peter 1:1-10; Galatians 5:22-26

Love – John 13: 34-35

It is important even imperative that we constantly check our spiritual health 1Corinthians 9:27 and then take the necessary steps to honor God with our love and commitment to Him and His business Luke 2:49. May our lives glorify our Lord and may we be able to say with assurance, “it is well with my soul”.

MIKE BAKER