I encourage others to preach the gospel after I tell them the good news (gospel), explaining to them that Christ pays wages to them that labour in his harvest (Jn 4.36). "No good thing will he withold from them that walk uprightly (Ps 84.11 & Mt 6.33)." Part of walking uprightly is preaching the gospel.
God told Uncle Sam to pay me to preach the gospel (I have two pensions) but they reason that it's easy for me to tell others that they should preach the gospel full time. But God is no respector of persons (Acts 10.34). The same thing he has done for me he will do for anybody (Please see My Testimony on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).
Remember the story of Christ appearing to Peter and the disciples while they were fishing. It was the third time he appeared to them after rising from the grave (See Jn 21.1-17). They had fished all night and caught nothing. Christ asked them if they had any meat and they said no, he said, "Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you will find." They did so and were not able to draw it in for there were too many fishes in the net. John said to Peter, "It is the Lord." and when he heard this he put on his fisher's coat (for he was naked) and jumped into the sea. The other disciples then came in a lIttle ship (for they were not far from land) and dragged the net full of great fishes to land.
As soon as they were come ashore, they saw a fire of coals and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring the fish you have caught." so Peter went up and drew the net to land full of great fishes, 153 in all: yet the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, "Come and dine." and they knew that it was the Lord. He came and took bread and fish and gave them and after they had dined, Jeus said to Peter, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these. Peter said, "Yes Lord, you know I love you. He said, "Feed my lambs." And again he asked, "Do you love me? Peter answered him the same and Christ said, "Feed my sheep." The third time He said to him, "Peter, do you love me?" he was grieved for he said it the third time. He said, "Lord you know all things; you kNow that I love you. Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." Christ was gently scolding Peter for his disobededience.
I believe Peter jumped into the water because Christ caught him fishing for fish when he should have been fishing for men (Mt 4.19) and feeding his disciples by teaching them to do the same (Mt 28.20). Not only that, he had recently denied Christ three times. Peter was ashamed because he was fishing for fish instead of fishing for men as Christ called him to do. Christ had always provided for his needs as he did his will.
These are written as examples for us (2 Pet 2.6) that we labour not for the meat that perishes, but for the meat that endures to everlasting life (See NEED WORK? on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).
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