A PASSION FOR SOULS
Jesse M. Hendley
In Luke the fifth chapter, verse 10, we have the
record of one of Peter's great crises (he had many, as
you know) when the Lord Jesus said to him, "Fear not;
from henceforth thou shalt catch men."
This is not the first time Peter really came in
contact with the Lord Jesus. You remember, he met Him
down in Judea when his own brother brought him to the
Lord (John 1:28, 40-42), but he had gone back to his
fishing nets in Galilee. Peter was saved in Judea, he
loved the Lord, but he was not winning souls. The
Lord came to him and gave him a blessing, and then
Peter said, "Depart from me for I am a sinful man, 0
Lord." I have often wondered why Peter said that. I
believe it was because he realized he had failed the
Lord. He had not seen all that God had wrapped up for
him in the very beginning of his conversion. Jesus
said, "Fear not; from henceforth (from this moment on)
thou shalt catch men." Peter fell on his face and
repented and said, "Lord, I am a sinner." He became a
great soul winner after that. Oh! It is a great time
in any man's life when he confesses he has been
careless about souls, and when Christ says to him,
"From henceforth thou shalt catch men."
GOD WANTS FRUIT
It is important for us to see that if we are going to
win souls to our Lord we must get cleaner and cleaner
and cleaner. The reason that God cannot save any more
souls through my life and yours than He is saving is
that we are not clean enough. That is the teaching of
John 15. When a branch brings forth fruit, He
cleanseth it in order that it may bring forth more
fruit. God is always hunting for fruit in our lives.
Paul wrote to the Romans and said, "I want to go to
Rome that I may have some fruit." And, facing death,
he said in his letter to the Philippians, "For to
me... to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh,
this is the fruit of ...
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