I Think we Need a Bigger Boat – Casting a Wide Net
Week Two, Day Six
March 16, 2019
It is our final day in week two of our Lent devotionals. I pray that you are staying strong and steadfast in your 40 days of drawing nearer to Christ. This week we learned what it means to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and fish for men. Remember as you fish that you should cast a wide net.
Jesus didn't sway from a little bit of controversy in the process of casting a wide net. His mission field contained a pool of sinners. God's grace, after all, is available to every man.
Romans 3:22-24 "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
We all have our views and agendas. But Jesus didn't quarantine himself with people who he considered worthy. If that were the case, you and I would be in trouble. When you are fishing for men, cast a wide net, and fish in deep waters.
The goal is to bring people into the boat - not blast them with dynamite. It is our job to cover the territory, cast the net, and pray for God to move there. It is not our job to sift through what we've brought in to decide whether our catches are good enough for God.
If you are only trying to save people who are already saved, what's the point? Further, we aren't spreading our own gospel or agenda. We are amplifying the great news.
You can spread the gospel of personality, culture, and self, or you can point to Jesus and pull someone in. You decide.
Lord Jesus, we are all guilty and we all fall short. We pray today that as we consider your Kingdom that we will not try to populate it by our own preferences. When we consider your loved ones, we will remember you are the King of optimistic grace and you have already started stirring in our hearts before the good news hits our radar. You have already started moving, and Lord you bring such beauty from our ashes. Your mercy is tangible. We pray that we can see the beauty and potential in everyone, and shout Your praises through every corner of the world. Amen.