Hey guys! Welcome back! It’s Alyssa and I am so excited to share today about FISHing…
Now, you probably think I am crazy for saying that we should “fish” for people, but it is only an acronym to initiate a spiritual conversation with someone. I remember first hearing this in middle school from Ed Lewis at Urban Hope in Philly and I instantly grasped this concept and I have used it ever since. So what does “FISH” mean anyways??
In Matthew 4:19-20, Jesus talks about fishing for people. He said “Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people. At once they left their nets and followed Him.” So, if Jesus is telling the disciples to go and fish, what exactly does he mean?
Jesus then said to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 19-20
Jesus instructs us as believers to go and share the Gospel (The good news of Jesus) with others. We are FISHing for people to possibly start a spiritual conversation with others and to plant a seed of the Gospel in them.
Using these 4 topics, we as believers can go FISH for people, just as Jesus says to. Here’s how:
Friendly– be friendly! Introduce yourself to someone and be joyful! Make them wonder why you are so kind & make them feel comfortable.
Initiate– initiate a conversation! Look for good conversation starters. Whether it be to ask about a tattoo, where they got a piece of clothing, or simply how their day is going, initiating a conversation where someone can talk about themselves helps to ease any fear and anxiety with talking to someone new. Continue to ask questions about the person until you can tell they are comfortable holding a conversation with you. Eventually, ask a question. Something to tell you whether or not they are a believer. Something like asking if they go to church should give you a good indicator.
Story– Share your story. Share with them a story involving Jesus. Try to use something you learned about the person to connect the two. Maybe, they share that they are struggling with their relationship with their parents. Share how going to church and praying led you to a better relationship with your parents, and how Jesus fixed what you thought could not be broken. If they share how they haven’t gone to church in a while, share how you strayed away from God at one point too, and how going back to church was so refreshing and you were so glad you went back. This is a very good opportunity to share your personal testimony with Jesus and to really dig into a spiritual conversation.
Hope– Give hope! Ask if you can pray for them right where you are!! Pray using specifics- i.e: their name or their personal story. If the person is not a believer, pray that they would find peace, comfort and love in Christ and that they would come to know Jesus. If you know of any local churches, maybe suggest one! If you are near the church you attend, invite them to come to service with you!
FISHing for people can be scary and nerve-wracking at first.. But Jesus will give you the strength and courage to do His will! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be dismayed; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Jesus mentions this multiple times in the book of Joshua, and it is a great reminder of no matter where we go, or what God leads us to do, as believers we are told to be strong and courageous. We need to be strong in our faith and courageous with our conversations. Go outside your comfort zone for the name and glory of Jesus!
I remember the first time I fished. I was in 7th grade, newly exposed to the homeless in Philadelphia. I was so nervous to go up to someone and share my faith, but every time I did, it got easier and easier! Once I spent weeks last summer sharing my faith, it made it so much easier to use this skill when I returned home! I have made it a goal of myself to use “God talk” on the daily! It is amazing how much more confident I am in my faith after using God talk everyday!
On OB, I had the opportunity to FISH in new places everyday. Whether it be a park, church, party, or even Disney Land, I learned how to have a spiritual conversation with people of all backgrounds, and I am forever thankful for those opportunities.
At orientation on OB, we all had a lot of chances to practice FISHing. We first practiced on each other and how to communicate with believers, then we practiced with different volunteers. The volunteers pretended to be people of different backgrounds like atheists, those who went off their path as a Christian, and skeptics of Christianity.
We also used something called the cross illustration to share the story and hope of Jesus! That can be a whole different post, but basically, the story tells the struggles of a little boy and how God remained faithful! It then transitions into the story of the Gospel!
I am so thankful I had gotten the opportunity to learn how to FISH for people so early in life because this is a ministry skill that I can and I will use for the rest of my life! It is effective with all ages, and with all types of people.
Truly, the greatest thing we can do is give hope to others. Using this ministry skill is so effective when planting seeds of the hope of Jesus in others. It can be scary to share your faith with a stranger, but your love has to be bigger than your fear. Your love for Jesus, as well as your love for others is bigger than any fear of being judged or rejected. Your life, your words, and how we live are how we bring people to Jesus. Jesus makes a miracle out of our messes, and we need to live that out day in and day out.
It is important also to not be ashamed of our faith. Jesus didn’t die for us to just keep that to ourselves, He died so that others may live!! “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he coms in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26) SHARE THE LOVE AND JOY OF JESUS with everyone you see!! How amazing would it be to lead a friend to Jesus! To be a part of their salvation story!! Just thinking about this brings me so much joy!!
Being young, it can seem hard to share your faith. People look down on the youth because we are “young and reckless”. But, in 1 Timothy 4:12, we can let go of this fear as well! “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” As “young people” we can set the example for others through how we live our life! How stinking cool is that? Although we are young, we can be the light of Christ to others!! No matter where we are either! School, work, even at a store, we can be a reflection of Christ wherever we go!
I challenge you to “fish” for someone this week, leave a comment down below and tell Raegan and I how you plan to do so!
Praying this post challenged you to step out of your comfort zone and FISH!! Have an amazing rest of your week!
The featured picture is me and a guy named Parker from OB using the FISH method to engage in a spiritual conversation!