Warning – I might step on a few toes here today. But that’s usually what happens when we apply the truths of Scripture to our daily lives. And believe me; I’m stepping on my own toes as well…….
Fishermen love to show off their catch! There’s nothing quite like turning into the marina basin and hoisting a rigger full of laundry. Release flags lined up one by one showcasing the mark of a successful day chasing billfish. And who hasn’t backed into the slip, allowed some time for the onlookers to take position, and then flipped open the kill box to the proverbial “oohs and aahs”. There’s great pride found in a job well done when you toss 50lb tunas and a limit of mahis onto the dock. Yes, we love to have a great day on the water and we crave the attention that comes with success.
Today’s social media sites have only added explosive fuel to this fire. Within minutes of a catch, pictures of your prize can be circulating amongst friends and acquaintances. Likes, shares and “Great Job!” comments rack up as the posts navigate through the cyber world. It’s just amazing how passionate we are about sharing the good news of a great day.
Acts 4:7-12 (ESV)
And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Let’s get to the point here. Do you believe the Good News of Jesus is worthy of sharing? Would someone identify you as a follower of Christ based on your witness? What are you quicker to share – the photos of a good day’s catch or the Hope which is the anchor for your soul?
These questions may be piercing, but we must ask them of ourselves. They reveal to us our priorities and our beliefs.
Peter and John had just been arrested for preaching the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Most would have cowardly kept quiet while the Jewish leaders pressed them. It’s our human nature to avoid conflict, go with the flow and hope for leniency. But the disciples understood that even the spiritual leaders, elders and scribes needed to hear the truth about Jesus. Their attempt to keep the law only condemned them to eternal death. Salvation was available for both the “religious elite” and the “down-and-outs”, and it was the disciples’ purpose to teach and preach God’s plan of redemption for mankind.
Brothers, when God saved you and I, He called us to be witnesses of His glorious salvation. We have the same power at our disposal as the disciples; the authority of Christ (Matthew 28:18) and the working of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). He has equipped us with everything we need to be His ambassadors.
We live in a lost world, a world desperately searching for answers and looking for salvation in many places. Some are trying to keep all the rules. Some are relying on good works. Others believe that a loving God would never send them to hell, while still others believe there are many roads that lead to eternal life.
The truth is simple. There is only one name by which man can be saved, and that name is Jesus. His blood paid the price for our sin and satisfied the wrath of our Holy God. That’s the Good News that He has given us to share. Now it’s time for the people of God to make sure the world knows it.
I pray that each of you will boldly testify of our Lord and Savior. May His grace be your greatest passion!
It’s fun to share pictures, especially the unique shots that can’t be emulated on the docks. The best photographs take place just after the catch when the fish are full of color and the excitement of the moment is radiating from the anglers’ faces. Make sure the camera is close by and take a moment to grab the shot before sliding the fish in the cooler or box. (DW)