What’s in Your Tackle Box?

by: Rob Purdy

“One of each,” was my response to the person asking what I wanted to get at next week’s Fishing Show in Houston. I’m one of those guys who likes to have EVERYTHING in his tackle box. This, of course, can get expensive, lead to very large tackle boxes, and really doesn’t help me catch any more fish.

I had the pleasure of fishing with one of the Executive Board members of Blast and Cast Men’s Ministries last summer in Port Mansfield. We couldn’t have been more different in our approach to wade fishing. He hopped out of the boat with practically no tackle at all. Me? I had one of those over-the-shoulder wading systems with front and back boxes, both filled to the brim! He caught lots of fish—I didn’t.

There is an obvious lesson here. There are also a few lessons that are not so obvious. You see, I made a living for many years as a fisherman. As a commercial fisherman in Alaska, I used two different kinds of bait. I used two because I knew they worked. As a charter boat captain and billfish tournament competitor, I had a “boatload” of lures. Yet, I typically only used a few…because I knew they worked. I am experienced enough in both types of fishing to not fall for every new “technique” or “magic lure” that hits the market.

The trip to Port Mansfield was my first time there. This was new, unfamiliar territory. I should have just listened to the guy who was in the know!

Becoming a Christian is new and unfamiliar territory. Eager to be successful, new Christians or Christians moving into new areas of ministry, tend to get caught up in all the new techniques, programs, and approaches that fill the bookstores, and unfortunately, many of our churches. Might I suggest a smaller tackle box? Fewer lures? How about sticking to what has proven to work for thousands of years: the Word of God! You’ll be a better “fisherman,” I guarantee it!

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12, NKJV)

Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105, NKJV)

Today's devotion comes from Rob Purdy. Rob has served as the senior pastor at FBC Seabrook for 15 years. Rob serves on the Blast and Cast Board of Directors.

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