To reiterate for the "Use it to Loose it" post! we can enjoy the following, which I only copied and pasted, and added the "boldness," for clarity!
THE PARABLE OF THE FISHLESS FISHERS
There was a group called The Fisher’s Fellowship. They were surrounded by streams and lakes, full of hungry fish.
They met regularly to discuss the call to fish, the abundance of fish, and the thrill of catching fish.
They got excited about going fishing!
Someone suggested that they needed a philosophy of fishing, so they carefully defined and redefined fishing, and the purpose of fishing.
They developed fishing strategies and tactics.
Then they realized that they had been going at it backwards.
They had approached fishing from the point of view of the fisher, and not from the point of view of the fish.
How do fish view the world?
How does the fisher appear to the fish?
What do fish eat and when?
These are all good things to know.
So they began research studies and attended conferences on fishing.
Some traveled to far away places to study different kinds of fish with different habits.
Some got PhD's in fish-logy.
But no one had yet gone fishing.
So a committee was formed to send out fishers.
As prospective fishing places outnumbered fishers, the committee needed to determine priorities.
A priority list of fishing places was posted on bulletin boards in all of the fellowship halls.
But still, no one was fishing.
A survey was launched to find out why.
Most did not answer the survey, but from those that did, it was discovered that some felt called to study fish, a few, to furnish fishing equipment, and several to go around encouraging the fishers. What with meetings, conferences, and seminars, they just simply didn't have time to fish.
Now ole Jake was a newcomer to the Fisher’s Fellowship.
After one stirring meeting of the Fellowship, he went fishing and caught a large fish.
At the next meeting, he told his story, and he was honored for his catch. He was told that he had a special "gift of fishing."
He was then scheduled to speak at all the Fellowship chapters and tell how he did it.
With all the speaking invitations and his election to the board of directors of the Fisher's Fellowship, Jake no longer has time to go fishing.
But soon he began to feel restless and empty.
He longed to feel the tug on the line once again.
So he cut the speaking, he resigned from the board, and he said to a friend, "Let's go fishing."
They did, just the two of them, and they caught fish.
The members of the Fisher's Fellowship were many, the fish were plentiful, but the fishers were few!
"Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Mt.9:38 BUT LET IT BE US!!!!!
Jesus said "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
NO witness, than NO HOLY SPIRIT!
NO real complete “witness” of the Full WORD of GOD, than not enough of HIS SPIRIT to get into HIS kingdom!
. . ."And they that belong to Christ's HAVE crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Gal 5:24 "Who-so-ever sins belongs to the devil. . . " 1Jn.3:8 So do you really BELONG to Christ?