Usually, it is the President of Ghana who can decide who forms part of a company board or a committee per the limits of his executive powers. He may even base his selection on meritocracy.
Jesus, today in Matthew 13: 47-53, gives us the parable of the fishing net. Unlike the President who can decide which ‘fish the net should catch’, no one can decide who forms part of the kingdom of God or if you want, which type of fish the fishing net should catch.
47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.
52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Matthew 13:47-53 New International Version (NIV)
Our attitude as Christians should not be judgmental. Sometimes we feel some people are not worth God’s love. Until the end of time when the separation would be made, don’t complain or judge the mixture of fish caught in the fishing net. Do not think of yourself or others as too good or too bad to be worth a place in God’s kingdom. For now we are all in the same fishing net, why it is so I can’t tell. But all I can say is that since we can’t dictate who forms part of the kingdom let us strive to do God’s will and help others do same.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey