Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Sermons and Reflections

Being Bait – Reflection for 21 JAN 2018

13422562_1_xDid you ever wonder why so many are enamored of fishing? When you go fishing you have to have a way of attracting the fish. That way of attraction is called the bait. It doesn’t matter if you are a fly fisher or a bait fisher, the important thing is that you have to have some kind of attractor for the fish to be engaged and desire to be caught. If there is no bait and you have a line in the water, waiting, that is not fishing, that is meditation, sleeping or just time alone. There is nothing wrong with any of that, but it is not fishing.

Jesus calls us each and says to follow and He will make us fishers of men (people). Great, how do I fish for people?
First, get excited about your relationship with God. I don’t necessarily mean jumping up and down, but examining your life and how you are growing closer with your walk with the Lord. Do you see where in your day to day life that you are following the Two Great Commandments? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself.

How are you ranking with loving yourself? You know what I mean! No blowing smoke, are you able to forgive yourself? Are you able to reconcile? Are you willing to love yourself because God loves you?
As that is happening, your relationship with God the Father and Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit is deepening. You are finding that some of those overbearing people and high maintenance people just might have some loving needs. Before you know it you are fishing!

If we are to be fishers of men and women, we need to have our relationship with God to shine through the exterior shells that we carry with us. In other words, if we want to attract people to God, we have to be more attractive bait. That’s right I said bait! If people are going to be caught for God, then we have to become attractive bait. Are you baiting people into asking what is going on in your life, you seem so calm. What is it with you Christians, you seem to glow!

Are you glowing with the love that Christ has for you? Have you experienced what it means to be born anew? Remember, as bait, you are to entice the fish into the presence of God, with ‘come and see’. You are the bait, now attract the fish!