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Monday, May 1, 2017

Nothing But Net

May 1

(Matthew 13:47-50 NIV) "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. {48} When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. {49} This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous {50} and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The church and the gospel are like a net which is let down into the water to catch fish for Jesus. A net only works when immersed. This means that the church must constantly find ways to get itself into the waters of this world. We cannot catch fish while we hang around in our various theological trees discussing plans of salvation. If that’s all we do, we will just get old and dry. We were designed to do our work while in the water, and must resist separating ourselves from it. That’s where the fish are!  Instead of casting their nets into the water, many Christians today have placed their nets over the door of the church. The net designed by God to gather people in has mutated into a screen that keeps many people out. But good nets do not discriminate. They catch anything in their path. The job of sorting fish belongs to God. Get to work Christian! Get your net into the water. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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