Method vs Message

16 Feb

It was a cold winter day. An old man walked out onto a frozen lake, cut a hole in the ice and dropped in his fishing line. He was there for almost an hour, without even a nibble, when a young boy walked out onto the ice, cut a hole in the ice not far from him. The young boy dropped his fishing line and minutes later he hooked a Largemouth Bass.

The old man couldn’t believe his eyes but chalked it up to plain luck. But, shortly thereafter, the young boy pulled in another large catch.

The young boy kept catching fish after fish. Finally, the old man couldn’t take it any longer. “Son, I’ve been here for over an hour without even a nibble. You’ve been here only a few minutes and have caught a half dozen fish! How do you do it?”

The boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rrarm.”
“What was that?” the old man asked.

Again the boy responded, “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rarrm.”
“Look,” said the old man, “I can’t understand a word you’re saying.”

The boy spit the contents of his mouth into his hand and said, “You have to keep the worms warm!”

The bait was the SAME, but the way it was presented was dramatically different. Get the picture?? Sometimes we have to alter our methods to catch fish. And that is what Jesus told us we would be doing . . . that WE would be FISHERS OF MEN. So, we are called to catch fish! The bait is the Gospel, and we cannot change it. But the method, how it is presented . . . Well, just look in the New Testament at how Jesus and Paul did it, and you will see a variety of methods. Those are our examples.

Go fishing . . . And don’t be afraid to follow the Holy Spirit!

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