Content to be Fishers of Men
- Date: August 7, 2014
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” (Matthew 19:27)
- From The Kingdom Of God
In Isaiah 53, the great prophet speaks and says, "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: [here is something that is so amazing in the economy of God] …and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. …He hath no form nor comeliness." Jesus was ordinary; you wouldn't have taken a second look at that man walking down the street. There was no comeliness; nothing out of the ordinary, there was no beauty, that people would look upon Him. He could walk down the street, and you could walk by Him and not give Him a second look. God didn't put Him on the planet head and shoulders (like Saul) above all others because God doesn't judge as men judge: He judges hearts. When men came to Jesus, it wasn't because of His personality, His natural charisma, His beauty, His strength, or His success. There was nothing, the Scripture says, in Him that was appealing to the natural eye. He was just an ordinary man. But when you looked Him in the eye, you saw love (praise God!); you saw love that was absolutely eternal! When you looked into those eyes of Jesus, this ordinary man, there was something about Him. There was no fear or anxiousness in those eyes. There wasn't a natural comeliness, but out of His innermost being shown the light of the world and the power of God.
What does the world see when they look into our eyes today? What do they see when they look into this fellowship? Oh, we have a good testimony, beloved! I am thankful for it. I have heard those testimonies. Don't we want it to be, "Behold how they love one another"? "Behold, they are not a self absorbed people; they are not lovers of self; they are not lovers of this world; they are lovers of God and His church and His body and His kingdom." So many of us want to be known by our visible stature. We want to be the big shots at work. We want to have our name on the door. We want everybody to know our achievements. We want them to know what neighborhood we live in. We must be seen as excelling. People can be so possessed with this. "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me."
As I was in prayer, looking at some of the Scriptures that have been speaking to us, I read Matthew 8:20, "The Son of man hath not where to lay His head." Peter said, "[Lord,] we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore?" (Matthew 19:27). We could see that as Peter saying, "So, what's in it for us?", but I'm not sure that's where he was. I think Peter was in that place in his life-which he finally had to face when he denied the Lord three times-of being undone, of losing the things that he used to trust in. May I tell you something? The things that you trusted in before you encountered Jesus, if you put your hand to the plow and look back, those things won't necessarily work for you the next time. They went out fishing, and couldn't catch anything. "I have separated you unto Myself; I have made you fishers of men. What are you doing going back out there?" Some of you got your jobs because you were fishers of men; but now you are fishing for prestige and money and security, and that is not why He put you there. Be fishers of men. "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart," the Scripture says. This Jesus, with whom we have married and united ourselves, is despised and rejected of the world; yet, so many of us still want and need worldly praise.