by J. Gerald Harris

It's Time to Fish or Cut Bait
J. Gerald Harris
Matthew 4:18-20

I am sure that you have heard the story of the game warden who became suspicious of the man who always seemed to catch an extraordinary number of fish. One day the game warden happened to be standing at the edge of the lake when this man backed his truck down the boat ramp in an effort to get his fishing boat in the water. When everything was set and this extraordinary fisherman was about to get in his boat to launch out into the lake, the game warden walked up and basically invited himself to go with this man on his morning fishing expedition.

When they got out into the middle of the lake, this fisherman reached into a box and pulled out a stick of dynamite, lit it and threw it in the water. Within a matter of seconds there was this huge explosion. A virtual geyser of water shot up 50 feet into the air and scores of dead fish, killed by the explosion, floated to the top of the water. The game warden looked in stunned bewilderment as this fisherman took his net and began to gather up the dead fish that were floating on top of the lake.

The speechless game warden watched as the man lit another stick of dynamite and threw it into the lake, and the same thing happened. This time the game warden said, "I suspected that something like this was going on. You can't light sticks of dynamite and throw them into this lake and use that as your method for catching fish. That is illegal. That is against the law. As a game warden it is my sworn duty to protect the wildlife and to see that unethical methods----"

About that time the fisherman reached in his box, pulled out another stick of dynamite, lit it and handed it to the game warden and said, "Are you going to talk or fish?" That story illustrates the title of our message for today -- "It's Time To Fish Or Cut Bait." The phrase, "cut bait," means "to stop fishing." The idea is, "either get at the task and do something positive and constructive, or s ...

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