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Monday, October 31, 2005

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Romans 11:29-36
Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36
Luke 14:12-14

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gone fishin'?

"Whenever you give a lunch or dinner, do not invite your friends or brothers or relatives or wealthy neighbors." —Luke 14:12

Few Christians ever try to share their faith. That's why several billion people don't know Jesus even after almost two-thousand years. Even those Christians who do share their faith may be at the wrong place, at the wrong time, talking to the wrong people. Jesus tells us to focus our evangelistic efforts on the "beggars and the crippled, the lame and the blind" (Lk 14:13). We are to invite these people into our homes to feed, heal, and love them. We should be good news for them as we speak the good news of Jesus.

Sometimes Christians not only don't eat with beggars, we don't eat with anyone, thereby wasting untold opportunities to share the gospel. Instead of eating with the poor, we may eat almost exclusively with committed Christians. We must intentionally put ourselves in situations where we can have serious conversations with unbelievers about salvation in Christ. Christians should always be meeting new people and starting off conversations. You have to get near the water if you want to catch fish. Then you must throw out the net as often as possible. Those who want to catch fish go where there's plenty of fish and do a lot of fishing.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I fish every day.

Promise:  "God's gifts and His call are irrevocable." —Rm 11:29

Praise:  April frequently opens her house weekly to feed dinner to whomever it is God sends.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Evangelization and Poverty on audio AV 64-3 or video V-64.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 21, 2005

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