I think it was Vance Havner that said “Jesus called us to be fishers of men, and yet we have become keepers of the aquarium.”
I recently began to think about that statement in light of my devotion time studies of Jesus calling of the disciples to follow Him. While I have not done much fishing of late, I grew up fishing almost every weekend when the weather was good. As I thought about being “fishers of men”, several things came across my mind.
For example: I can remember very few times we went fishing that we did not catch a good amount of fish. But I never remember a time we caught fish on every cast on every time we dropped a line into the water. Just because we were not successful every time did not keep us from continuing to fish. I remember a couple of occasions when my dad would have two poles out of the back of the boat and the fish were biting so well he could not get one out of the water and the hook baited to go back out before the other line had a fish on it. On those occasions he would wipe his brow and say, “This is getting so much like work I may have to quite a while.” (Though he never did.)
I wonder how many people in our churches that for one reason or another have reached the place where for one reason or another, they have just quit fishing.
Only 6.8% of our SBC churches are healthy or growing. One thing we have learned is “swelling is not growth.” Some of our churches have done a little “swelling” at times. But few have experienced real growth.
That is where the GCRC can assist your church. It is getting our eyes off the aquarium and back on the “fishing hole”. GCRC is bringing together God’s purpose and your passion. Things your people are already doing. When we reach a place where we understand that, we will once again begin to see real growth, which is life. Not simply swelling. GCRC can help your church begin to be fishers of men instead of keepers of the aquarium.