When the Master ministered among men, He called fishermen at Galilee to leave their nets and follow Him, declaring, “I will make you fishers of men.”6 May we join the ranks of the “fishers of men” and women, that we might provide whatever help we can.
Ours is the duty to reach out to rescue those who have left the safety of activity, that such might be brought to the table of the Lord to feast on His word and to enjoy the companionship of His spirit and be “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”7
I have found that two fundamental reasons largely account for a return to activity, for changes of attitudes, of habits, and of actions. First, individuals have been shown their eternal possibilities and have made the decision to achieve them. They can’t really long rest content with mediocrity once they see excellence is within their reach.
Second, others have followed the admonition of the Savior and have loved their neighbors as themselves and helped to bring their neighbors’ dreams to fulfillment and their ambitions to realization.
The catalyst in this process has been—and will continue to be—the principle of love.
6. Matthew 4:19.
7. Ephesians 2:19.