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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Song Series: Feet That Move

Feet That Move

Read: Matthew 11:1-6

the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. - Matthew 11:5

John’s disciples wanted to know if Jesus was the Christ. Jesus told them look around, what do you see? You see God at work in the lives of people, all people; the rich and famous, as well as, the down and outs. You see miracles that have never been done in your lifetime. You see people to whom most wouldn’t give the time of day receiving the good news of the kingdom with gladness. You see changed lives! What do you think? Am I the Messiah? Now stop worrying about who people say that I am and move on.

This passage kind of reminds me of what an old fishing buddy of mine used to say.
“If the fish aren’t biting where you're at, move.” That was his, Ishmael’s, philosophy when it came to shore-line fishing. I often walked along the bayside with him plugging for fish during the early morning hours before going to work, and I can count on one hand the number of times I didn’t catch at least one fish. The secret: never spend more than 20 or 30 minutes in one spot. If they weren’t biting we’d move to the opposite shoreline of the little peninsular we often fished. Then if they weren’t hitting on the peninsular we’d jump in the car and fish underneath a nearby bridge. The bottom line is, we moved where the fish were.

I think we Christians waste a lot of time fishing where the fish aren’t biting. We need to ready to share the good news of salvation through the Messiah, Christ Jesus, but it may be helpful to first find out where the fish are. Next time you sense God moving you to drop a line, why not start by first asking a simple question of the person? “To you, who is Jesus?” Then be ready to listen. Don’t argue, just listen. When they’re all done telling you what they believe, then ask, “So, if what you believe in is untrue, would you want to know?” If they say, “Yes,” be ready to share the Gospel; the fish are biting! If the answer is, "No", move; God isn't drawing them (John 6:44).

This is actually a technique called “Witnessing Without Fear” you can find out more info at Frontline Ministries by visiting

We will praise You with the sound of our hands reaching out.
We’ll worship You with feet that move to bring good news.

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