He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish - John 21:6 ESV
As I discussed in an earlier blog post, we experienced some nasty weather here in Greater Cincinnati on last week. A number of people were effected by the high winds and rain. With that in mind, our campus pastor communicated on our Facebook page an offer to help anyone that had been impacted by the storm. I happened to see him the next day as I was driving, so I called him to see if he had any responses to his offer. He stated that he did and was able to go over with several others to help a single mother. I was pleased that he and other members of the church were able to help, but the story did not end there. The single mother communicated to the people assisting about how when she lost her husband to an infection, she felt ostracized by the church that she had previously attended and felt isolated. She was indeed grateful for the help that was provided, but felt more impacted by the attention that was displayed to her and the kids by the church. In addition, as they were there assisting with storm cleanup and securing the damage done to the roof, the father who had recently visited our church paid a visit. He was able to see firsthand the compassion and grace that was extended by the members of our church and was greatly moved.
I share this not to primarily pat our campus pastor and members on the back (lending a helping hand was already within his and the other's DNA that assisted), but to point out that there are needs that can be addressed with people that are already within our circle of influence. There is an opportunity to positively impact individuals that are within our present circle. All too often, we are conditioned to look elsewhere to make an impact, but have the ability to make a positive change within our four walls. I, along with other men have been guilty of this on more than one occasion. We may look to pursue interests outside the home that involve items such as job promotions or sports and leave behind the very people that need us like our wives and children.
Like the disciples in the above scripture, we need to cast down our nets where we are in an effort to catch fish. To become effective fishers of men, you have to put your net where the fish are. As men, we may have tried to fish in other locations and have not caught anything, but if we learn to listen to Christ and do as He instructs us as the disciples did, we can cast down our nets on the other side and experience a miraculous catch. Men, let's resolve today to start to look for those opportunities to cast down our nets on the right side of the boat and fish. We may be surprised at the haul that we are able to bring in.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.