A rich ﬁsherman with tons of expensive ﬁshing gear was not catching any trout. A little boy nearby with primitive equipment ﬁlled a stringer. In desperation the rich fellow asked the little boy, “How do you do it?” The boy answered, “I just stay out of sight better than you do.”
“Staying out of sight” is one of the keys to an effective Christian life. You’ve heard it said: “Anything could be done if we didn’t care who got the credit.” How true, but it is human nature to want to be “seen.”
Another has said: “Religion is beautiful until it shows.” In other words, do good but don’t seek the glory. Stay out of sight.
This was part of the Pharisees’ problem, wasn’t it? Praying to be seen of men. Giving…fasting…doing benevolence…all to be seen by others and to receive the praise.
A lot of good could be accomplished in any congregation if God’s people would stop putting self into view. How many times is an idea or a project killed or severely hindered because someone makes it known it is not what he wishes, likes, or initiated?
The little boy said staying out of sight was the key to catching ﬁsh. It’ll help us get on with what we’re supposed to be doing too.
Columbus Ave Church of Christ
Bulletin Digest (January 2005)