The Message (MSG)
47-50 “Or, God’s kingdom is like a fishnet cast into the sea, catching all kinds of fish. When it is full, it is hauled onto the beach. The good fish are picked out and put in a tub; those unfit to eat are thrown away. That’s how it will be when the curtain comes down on history. The angels will come and cull the bad fish and throw them in the garbage. There will be a lot of desperate complaining, but it won’t do any good.”
The kingdom of God is a major theme in the preaching life of Christ. And just like in Jesus’s time, this parable speaks lively to today’s problems in the world. Too many times as Christians we get caught up in trying to solve the future. In many ways, we get caught up in the ongoing issues we see around us, and soon we will find ourselves putting people in different containers, we make judgments and draw a conclusion on who is deserving or not, of who is a true Christian and who is not. Somehow, I feel, we miss the central message of Jesus: Be concerned about the kingdom, about the fishing, throw the net into the waters, preach the Gospel and let God sort the fish in the end.
Today, I pray that each one of us can have the strength and the vision to focus on the kingdom message, of sharing the good news, of reaching out to those in need, and not worry about who is going to be in heaven or in hell.