Google+ 11/05/13 Stay Close to the Water...That's Where the Good Fish Are!

Matthew 13:47-50

 

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net

That was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind.

When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down,

And sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away.

That is the way it will be at the end of the world.

The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous,

Throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

 

In part eight of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" we are listening to Jesus tell us about what happens when we become "fishers of men."  The Bible is full of references about water and fishing.  Jesus used a lot of "fish stories" in His ministry because He knew who His audience was.  Today Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like an ordinary fishing net.  He explains that we cannot control what we catch when we throw our "nets" over the side of the boat.  The most important thing is that we fish.  Make no mistake about this.  Any Christian or church that does not have evangelism as their primary focus, will die of starvation.  Jesus told the disciples, and us, that we must fish.  Once we do, we will have to sit down and sort out the fish that have appeared in our "nets."  Matthew tells us that we must keep the good fish and throw the bad ones away.  Ultimately in heaven, that will be the job of the angels.  Here on earth, how do we determine who are the wicked people or the bad "fish" without judging them?  Listen carefully so that there is no misunderstanding.  God has given all of us free will.  Hence, we can all choose God and Holy, or choose Satan and wicked.  It is easy to separate the fish as they separate themselves.  All we need to do is observe.  "Bad fish" will not obey Scripture.  Daily fellowship in the temple is what Godly and Holy people choose because they understand that the alternative is the opposite!  "Holy people" will always have time for God and will love their neighbors as themselves.  Our actions and words will reflect our hearts for God because of the daily choices we make.  Most often you can't tell the bad fish by how they look.  Generally their "smell" gives them away, even if they look like "fresh fish."  Remember that God will help you sort the fish.  One smelly and rotten fish can ruin all of the other good fish.  It is imperative that we separate fresh from foul.  Jesus speaks about this in the book of Matthew also as separating the sheep from the goats.  Be aware that this kind of separation is deemed necessary because of choices people freely make to reject God's ways.  Beware of groups of "smelly fish" that will tell you that they smell fine and we are the ones with a bad aroma.  There is an ungodly action that is in direct response to every Godly one.    If a church, or group of "Christians," constantly hurt people with their words or actions, we must separate ourselves from those "smelly influences" if we intend to stay "fresh" for Jesus.  "Stay Close to the Water...That's Where the Good Fish Are!"