“And He said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Immediately, they left their nets and followed him.’” (Matthew 4:19-20, ESV)
When you follow Jesus, you’re automatically about people. Your heart is to see them free and whole. It’s no longer about what they can do for you, but what God can do for them. We no longer see people as simply friends and enemies, but as people born of the same family. And as family, we long for all to be blessed under the house of the Father.
Simply put: God is love; therefore, we are love.
Becoming “fishers of men,” though, does not mean we control people or that we are responsible for their ultimate choices. We are simply the lure to what is possible with God. We are the draw for people to return home. But having said that, please be aware, our sense of purpose and identity does not flow from how people receive or reject us. Catching people for THEIR relationship with Jesus is the goal. We are simply the conduits through which others find the Lord and His goodness.
Be what you need to be for others to encounter God. This is the call of the gospel. You may be their only experience to the love of God. But if they reject you, remember, they rejected our Lord also. Simply be His love in the earth.