Reflection on the book “Fishers of Men”
by Florence Gemmalie C. Itao
Man is designed for God. As what St. Augustine has said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” Truth is, only God can fill the deepest longing of our hearts. But how can man know God? Simple yet challenging! Those who know about Him must speak. The question is not so much of “If not us, then who?”, but it is a question of “If not now, when?”
The world today wants us to believe that wrong is the new right. We hear people say, “If others are doing it, then so can we.” or “If it feels good, then it must be right.” No matter how much we try to turn things around: a sin is a sin. Two wrongs do not make a right. Evil may have already disguised itself into something beautiful, but it will never ever prevail. And that is what we want to share to people. We share the Good News of salvation to all.
This is what the book Fishers of Men is all about. As stated in the Book of Romans, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ”But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news!” Evangelization simply means sharing how the Lord has been good, true and faithful to us because the best way to evangelize is through the Gospel of our life.
As Christians, it is our duty, privilege and joy to share Christ to others. The Lord calls us to do His work. He is able to use anyone, and even intends to use use everyone as long he is open to God’s action in his life. We just need to trust that the God who called us is the same God who will stand by us and provide for whatever we need.
However, we cannot separate Christ and the Cross. The work of evangelization is difficult because it involves an assault to the enemy. There will be times that we will experience trials. But as we do His work, we are to rely on God alone. We are doing the work of a holy and almighty God. We should focus on the planting rather than the harvesting. God has His plan, and He has his own ways. We just have to allow Him to use us by being obedient to Him, then we will experience fruit in our evangelization.
We cannot simply be good people and love others. The challenge is to look for best possible ways to share the Truth and let our old self that is afraid and doubtful die away.
There are so many things to be done, so much people to evangelize and so much more to do to make God’s love known. So just like Paul, “I tell you, brothers, the time is running out. (1 Cor. 7:29a) There is no time to lose. We need to do our share in bringing the good news of salvation in Jesus to others.
So to ask the question again, “if not now, when are you going to evangelize?”