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Command 2 : Follow Me | Day 12

Fish With Light!

As we continue meditating on Christ's second command, we see that the ultimate purpose for following Jesus is to become fishers of men. God loves people, and He wants us to draw as many as we can to Him; it is not His will that any should perish. But how will He make us effective fishermen? The answer is found in an understanding of fishing methods of Christ's day.

Peter and Andrew were fishing with nets during the day. That is when Jesus called them. However, James and John were mending their nets, indicating that they fished at night, which can be far more effective.

God's way to fish is to attract people with Christ's light in us and then draw them in with nets of love.

It is for the purpose of drawing people to Christ that Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) and Paul wrote, “Ye are light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). The intensity of the brightness of our light is directly proportional to our meditation day and night, because Scripture itself is light. When it becomes a living part of our lives, we increase our brightness.

Scripture states, “The entrance of thy words giveth light" (Psalm 119:130) and “...it giveth light unto all that are in the house” (Matthew 5:15). It is especially significant that God relates His commandments to the function of light: “The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8).

At night, the fishermen in Jesus' day suspended lamps out from the boat and attracted fish to the light. Scripture states that the word of God is a "lamp" and a "light" (Psalm 119:105).

Is our light bright enough to attract others to Christ, and do we have enough love to draw them in?

The reason that Christ's commands are so effective in drawing people to Christ is that they are all practical expressions of loving God and loving one another. In fact, Jesus explained that the entire Law and prophets hung on two commands: loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Let's turn up our light by intensifying our meditation day and night!

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard