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 my labour'' (Phil. 1:21,22). Paul could not imagine his staying down ...
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