“The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 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”
Jesus is referring in this parable to the present and future aspects of the kingdom and to the time when the true character of the people will be revealed and judged. It is similar in meaning to that of the sheep and the goats which also refers to a judgement and a separation.
However it is also pertinent to our present day situations. As we have journeyed through life our nets have scooped up many associations, influences, beliefs and activities. Some will jostle for position and recognition with those things that are of God and the fruit that the Holy Spirit is seeking to produce. We may, or may not, be aware of them. However they will have an effect upon us and will take up the space and time that could better be used by other thoughts, words and activities.
If we are taking both God and our Christian life seriously then now is the time to begin to take an audit of our lives and living, asking God quite simply to show us the associations, habits and other things that are not of Him, that do not honour Him and that get in the way of the good stuff!
What we prune out with His help He will replace with good and wholesome fruit that will become a blessing to Him, to others and to us. And we will feel much better about ourselves too!
Set aside some time now – when you will be able to meet quietly with the Lord and have a look at you.
My Father I want to be holy just as You are holy, and to bring honour and pleasure to You. Please draw my attention to those areas and things in my life that are not good or helpful – and strengthen me to deal with them as I surrender them to You. Amen.