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!

  • Follow me: When Jesus called to Peter and Andrew and then later James and John saying, “Follow me”, they chose to immediately leave their boats to follow him. The first disciples did what all disciples of Jesus should do, they followed him. They listened, watched, and learned from the Master of how to live and treat others, and their lives changed.
  • The cost: Recently I saw a picture of footprints in the sand with the caption of “It costs to follow Jesus but, it costs more not to”. Following Jesus has a cost meaning that nothing is more important, but it does bring a great reward. Matt 19:27-30 Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us? Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last; and the last, first”. If we truly “follow Christ”, our lives will/must change.
  • Fishers of Men: If we were fishing “for fish”, then we would use an attractive bait whether it be live (real) or artificial (fake). Being Fishers of Men are we living our lives so others see us using “real bait”, the true word of God and living out the actions of Christ? Or are we using “fake bait” using worldly actions. John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.

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

 

 

 

 

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