When Jesus called His first disciples, He invited them to “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) Two thousand years later, we’re still trying to figure out how to best do that.
Some folks go “fishing” by knocking on doors to share their faith. Others witness in their schools, work place or neighborhoods. Still others use social media like Facebook and Twitter to proclaim the gospel. But most just use the low-key approach, like wearing an initialed bracelet or putting a bumper sticker on their car.
Have you ever wondered what the “world” thinks when they see such things? One of the first things a good fisherman must do to catch fish is learn to think like a fish. But that may be harder than it first appears,especially when you’re so isolated from the world that you forget what it’s like not to be a Christian. As followers of Christ, we are called to be “in the world, but not of it,” and it’s important that we understand the people God has purposefully placed in our path to impact with His gospel.
If you take a step back, you just might realize that the people around you have a different perspective on your religious expressions from the outside-looking-in than you do from the inside-looking-out. We would all do well to take a fresh look at how we are communicatingto those around us what it means to be a follower of Christ.