We had our Sunday gathering and it was such a blessing to see everyone’s smiling faces. One face was particularly glad we’re back. That would be the one on the right.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13: 47-50)
We’re always being reminded it’s not the number of fish caught, but the preservation of the good fish that matters.
Sometimes it’s only on our return trip to Nakuru that we get to see the fruit of that sorting. The growth of the “good fish” is amazing; the stories of the ones who chose to be thrown back are depressing. Sort of like a dog returning to its vomit or a pig to wallow in its mire. It’s because the good ones have been put in a “vessel”. I think that vessel is the Church. Within its walls are salvation and no one who remains in it ever “spoils”. Just as He promised …the work He starts, He finishes. (Jude 1:24 written to those placed in a vessel.)