Fisher of Men

Fisher of Men

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On one bright and sunny day, I went to church. It was a normal day, except it wasn’t. It was Family Sunday which meant my kids wouldn’t be going to their classes, but sitting with my husband and I in the sanctuary.

During the message, the pastor spoke about our purpose and being “fishers of men.” My oldest son looked at me and said, “I don’t know how to fish.”

My response, “I’ll teach you.”

When the sermon was over, I thought about my words and his statement and discovered I had no idea how to teach him. How do you teach a kid to be a “fisher of men,” when you’re not really certain if you know how to fish?

You see, I write. It’s my way of contributing to the Kingdom. There’s a hope that when I write, someone will read something I wrote and find clarity. Or find Jesus…I’m not sure which it will be, but God knows. Yet, even though I feel writing is my gift and my way to share the good news, I’m not certain if I’m very affective.

I want to be able to lead my son. Show him how easy it is to be a fisherman. But I’ve never fished, not literally anyway. His calm acceptance that I’ll teach him adds to the pressure that my mind has already created. So I decided instead of cringing and wringing my hands, I’d do something different.

I decided to ask the readers. So, my question to you, dear reader, is this: how do you teach a child to be a fisher of men? How can they contribute–because they really want to–to the kingdom?

I thank you in advance for your wisdom.

Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.


  1. Tell others about Jesus…all the time. Tell them, “Jesus loves you.” Tell them what He’s done for you: example: “After I whacked myself trying to hammer a nail, Jesus healed my thumb!” Tell them “I’m blessed!” when someone says, “How are you?” And if any of these open the door to say more, then tell them more…all the way until you get to: “Do you want Him to save you, too? Cause He wants to.”

    I believe if we’ll be ever aware to talk about Him, bring up His name, He will open doors to share more 🙂
    Love this post, Toni 🙂 Love all your posts 🙂

  2. Toni Shiloh says:

    Love your reply! I especially like your comment, “be ever aware to talk about Him.” Sometimes it’s as simple as that. 🙂

  3. Helen Brown says:

    What an amazing child. What a privileged parent you are! The best way for all of us to be fishers of men is to live a life that will honor our Lord. Teaching your son to be honest, kind, respectful of all people and the rules, good and bad, because they are the rules will help others to see Jesus. When they watch him doing these things they will want to know why he does it and then he can tell them that its because Jesus wants him to. Unfortunately, he will also face some opposition because of his allegiance to Christ. Praying with him as he goes out into the world might arm him for the problems he faces.

  4. Toni Shiloh says:

    Thank you for your insight, Helen. I often forget how powerful our actions are to those who are watching.

  5. I’m sure he’ll learn a lot by your example as well. St. Francis said, “Tell everyone about the Lord. If necessary, use words.”

  6. The above replies are certainly correct, but remember: your writing IS one more form of fishing. So to teach your son, explore his God-given talents with him. How might he be able to share about Jesus through his own gifts?

  7. Toni Shiloh says:

    Love the quote, Pam!

  8. Toni Shiloh says:

    That’s a very good point, Linda. I try not to impress my ideas on him but to help him develop his own. I think he’s more wise than he believes, but at least I know how to help bolster his self-esteem. 🙂

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