Most people live by an unwritten rule: Do good to those who do good to you or who might treat you well in the future. What Jesus suggests we do instead is crazy! But maybe this is why people who follow Him stand out from the crowd.

God has made every one of His followers a masterpiece with an attention-getting purpose. It feels good to think of, doesn’t it?!

Fishing experts say that 90 percent of the fish are in 10 percent of the water. This same idea is helpful when we think about our efforts to share the gospel. We need to be hangin’ out where the “fish” are. In The Navigators we want to raise up people who are living and discipling among the those yet to know Christ.

When I fly fish, most often I fish with two or three flies connected together. It’s a helpful technique because it gives the fish three options. If the principles of evangelism that we have been talking about in this series are good for us as individuals, they are exponentially better when we view the sharing of our faith as a “team sport.”

In fly fishing, having the right-sized fly is an important part of “matching the hatch” as described in the last post. Similarly, as we meet people who are on their way to the Kingdom, it is important for us to meet them where they are and bring a right-sized conversation about the gospel.

In the last post we looked at the importance of being set apart and different from our broken world. In this post we want to talk about the value of being the same as those we are attempting to reach. That idea might raise a big question mark for some of us! I’ll use another example from fly fishing to illustrate.

In my previous post, we looked at “Three Proofs of Life” that show we are alive spiritually.

  1. We are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. We have the indwelling Spirit, working and transforming our lives.
  3. The fruit of the Spirit is evident in our thoughts, words, and behavior.

Galatains 4:4-7 gives one of the most critical identity shifts in the Christian life: "Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir" (NLT). If we don’t understand how God views us, we will always go back to the Law and rule keeping to motivate us in our obedience. Ugh!


What is it that 99 percent of people possess? I’m sure you thought of several things. The one I’m thinking of is neighbors. Most people live in some kind of neighborhood—yes, an apartment complex counts! What can you do right now, for those people in your neighborhood to get started being a light in their worlds?

Have you ever experienced challenges with a boss where you were not seeing eye to eye? Paul’s words in Colossians 3 were a huge source of guidance and comfort during a number of work situations early in my work life.