Ever wonder why Jesus chose a motley crew of fisherman to be his closest followers? I think it may have something to do with the art of fishing. Jesus wanted his disciples to make a transition; He wanted them to become fishers of men. If you're having trouble winning others to your point-of-view, quit splashing in the water and scaring the fish away. Go fishing. And if your gonna do it, do it right:
- Be quiet. The more you ramble, the more you get in the way. A great fisherman is invisible. The only thing the fish sees is the bait.
- Be patient. It takes time for others to nibble on your message. Don't rush to reel them in until they decide they like the bait.
- Change the bait. Do this by asking questions. You need to understand what is important to others. If they aren't biting, it may be because your message is stale or your fish aren't relating to you.
- Fish in bad weather. Most people aren't open to new ideas when the waters are calm. They are more willing to bite when the conditions are stormy. Jesus caught the most fish when they were sick, blind, deaf, poor, hungry...even dead.
- Know where your fish are. One of the most embarrassing moments in the Bible was the time the apostles fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus asked His followers to try fishing on the other side of the boat. Voilà!
“Follow Me, I will make you fishers of men” ~ Matthew 4:19