“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” That’s what the coffee shop poster read. We’ve all heard it, but something struck me as I sipped my latte. Jesus’ disciples fished with a net, not bait and hook. The fish came in by the net-breaking, boat-sinking loads—that is, when Jesus was giving the instructions—and the fish didn’t have an option.
Do our ministries fish the same way Jesus instructed or have we dropped the powerful nets and switched to bait and hook? In Acts 1:4, Jesus ordered His disciples to WAIT until they received power. What changed since then?
Jesus’ disciples were different ages, some even in their early teens, yet He always instructed them at the same level. Ministry today, however, is often segregated by age. Adults get more “in-depth” teaching while children are reminded weekly about Bible stories and the same basic truths, though the children may have been Christians longer than some adults who lead them.