Gone Fishing?

One of the roadblocks many people express when it comes to discipling others is they don’t know who to disciple. The other is we feel inadequate, too broken and not enough.

I often hear from well-meaning women they are ready and available, yet there is no one coming to them or they just aren’t sure who is looking for that kind of friendship with another woman. Or I hear a myriad of reasons why they can’t, shouldn’t, are too busy, etc.  Some of these are good reasons and God can work through each of them.

Last night around a living room, a beautiful theme emerged with this discussion and what resonated most is we are called to be fishers of women.

We do need to be intentional and purposeful with our relationship so the acronym of FAT women (Faithful, Available and Teachable) is true.  But Jesus also told his disciples to go fishing…lower the nets and He will direct the fish to them.

We are to lower our nets.

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No one can do your fishing expedition for you.  Look around you. Who is listening?  Who is watching?  I firmly believe women are influencers and we influence best in relationships.  If you think you aren’t influencing anyone, let me encourage you to pray and ask God to show you if that is true.

The other roadblock is when we think we don’t know enough, aren’t mature enough, aren’t perfect enough to be a good influence or disciple others.  If you look at the Gospels and the book of Acts you will see the most fruitful disciples/disciple makers were formerly known as murderers, thieves, women with promiscuous pasts, cowards, and people with anger management issues.

God is at work in each of us and others need to be comforted and encouraged by the work God is doing in you.

It’s not our job to make a person grow, to change their habits or to fill their cups.  If we are to disciple women, our job to empty our cup.

What’s in your cup? 

Are you in the Word? Are you confessing your sins? Are you forgiving others?

Are these not the most simply stated yet often most difficult disciplines to practice?  But they are disciplines and they are what make us disciples and by sharing that which God is doing in our inner {wo}man, we pour out and make disciples.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

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 28:18-20}

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