You’ve probably heard the old adage. It’s a good one: There are three types of people in the world. Those who MAKE things happen, those who WATCH things happen, and those who wonder WHAT HAPPENED?
There are three eerily similar types of people in the church: Those who HELP the church grow, those who WATCH the church grow, and those who wonder HOW did the church grow?
Which group are you in? It’s a fair question. What’s more, it’s an important question we all need to answer.
It really makes you wonder sometimes how people can get so comfortable, content and happy as long as the ship is dry-docked in some snug, safe harbor somewhere. But when the ship heads out into the deep waters to do what it was designed to do, they jump ship. No genuine fisherman would ever be content sitting on the dock swapping old fish stories when he could be out in the depths, letting down his nets for more.
I want to encourage you never to jump ship and head back to the comfort zones of convenience, contentment and complacency. Don’t settle into the status quo and business as usual. Don’t let the lure of the harbor – where there are no waves and no risk – drag you back to the morass of mundaneness and mediocrity.
The Israelites made that very mistake. God delivered them out of Egypt. But it wasn’t long after leaving they started mumbling and grumbling, whining and complaining to Moses. “Why did you bring us out here in the desert? We liked things better in Egypt. We had better beds and finer foods. We had a legitimate place to stay and a regular routine to follow. We wanna go back to Egypt.” That’s not even close to all they complained about. They didn’t like the desert. They didn’t like the food falling out of the sky every day. There’s not a single verse in Scripture that says they liked anything. Rather, it says they complained about everything.
Oh, and one more thing the Bible tells us: THEY MISSED THE PROMISED LAND!
It was none other than JESUS, who said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down the nets for a catch” (Luke 5:5). “And Simon Peter answered, ‘because you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ feet and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord, I am a sinful man!’ For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken ...” (Luke 5b-9).
Jesus told His disciples, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). Some people will go out of their way giving excuses, explanations and rationalizations why they don’t do it. But the truth of the matter is, if we’re not fishing for men, we’re not following Jesus!
Don’t sit on the dock, dangling your feet in the water, hoping some fish might accidentally jump in your net. Or sit there swapping stories of the way things used to be, could be or ought to be. Instead, get on board, push away from the shore, launch out into the deep and help us let down our nets for a great catch.
Let’s go fish!
© 2014. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.