“Mend Your Nets”
July 24, 2017
I am a fisherman, but I did not know much about fishing nets at the time. I remember back in the 1980’s I went to Tampa Florida with a friend of mine to fish. When we got to our destination, my friend took out his fishing net, hung it up, and told me that he had to repair some holes in it. I replied to him, “I don’t see any holes,” and I really didn’t. However, when he threw the net in the Tampa Bay, and started to pull the net in, some of the fish were finding their way out of one hole in the net. My friend exclaimed to me “See?”! I told you that they would get out through the hole in the net!” I then understood what he was talking about.
As leaders of NABVETS, our lives are similar to fishing nets. If we intend to influence other men positively, we must then mend our nets. Note the following quotation from God’s word:
“Going on from there, He saw two other brothers….mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.” Matt. 4:21-22, Mk. 1:19-20, KJV, 2002.
Jesus was walking by the sea of Galilee, and saw two brothers, Simon Peter, and his brother casting their nets into the sea to catch fish. Jesus said to them “…follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They left their nets and followed Jesus, Matt. 4:19-20, KJV 2002. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers…mending their nets. He called them, and they left all, and followed Jesus, Matt. 4:21-22.
As NABVETS leaders today, we must constantly inspect our lives to see if there are any “holes” in them, and if so, then let us do as the disciples of Christ did. They mended their nets, and followed Jesus. So, let us “mend our nets”, and follow Jesus. Those of us, who are to fish for men, must therein follow Christ, and do it as He did, with diligence, faithfulness, and tenderness.
May God Bless You!
“Repent and Return to Your First Love”
June 23, 2017
These few words are words of wisdom from the Lord Himself to the leaders and members of NABVETS. The following words were spoken by the resurrected and ascended Lord to the Ephesian church during the first century:
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love…repent and do the first work.”
Rev. 2:4-5, KJV, 2002.
It is my hope that NABVETS leaders and members will acquire a better understanding of the foundation of NABVETS standing on the Word of God. Through the passing of time NABVETS might have drifted slightly off course, and if so, then the call is: To repent, return to your first love. 1. Repent; 2. Return; 3. Stay the course.
What does it mean to repent? It is to change your mind about how you’re doing things, or how you are performing your vows of office. If you promised to be faithful in your service, then you should do what you promised. The Church of Ephesus promised to love the Lord and their fellowman; however, the Lord rebuked them for leaving their first love, Rev. 2:4-5, KJV. What about NABVETS, are we performing our vows? NABVETS has constitutions and by-laws, are we following them? NABVETS has good leaders (at every level: local, state, regional, and national), are we following their leadership and directions? If your answers are no, then you need to repent, and stay the course.
If NABVETS leaders or members find themselves wandering off course, listen to the voice of the Lord: Repent, and return to your first love – Jesus Christ is our first love. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”, Jn. 3:16, KJV 2002.
NABVETS: Repent, Return, and Stay the Course.
May God bless you!