Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gather Some Fish!

4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" They answered him, "No." 6 He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
John 21:4-8, English Standard Version

Gather Some Fish!

After the resurrection of Christ, He apparently did not walk continually with the disciples, but made appearances to them. Such was the case in this Bible passage from John 21. It seems that the disciples did not immediately recognize Him. After admitting that they had not caught any fish, Jesus told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. There were so many fish that they were not able to haul them all in. Peter shouted, "It is the Lord," and dove into the sea and swam to the shore (they were about 100 yards from the shore.) This was the third time that Jesus had revealed himself to the disciples.

Do you think it was significant that the disciples had returned to fishing? Now that Jesus was gone, had their ministry ended? It is important to understand that no matter what our vocation may be, our responsibility to be a faithful witness for the Lord never ends. The disciples did not know that their ministry had not ended, it had only just begun!

Does it seem as though your life has no affect on those around you? Does each day just seem to run into the next, one day no different from the other?

How small our vision can be; we do not see as the Lord sees. Pray today, that you will live your life in a manner pleasing to the Lord in obedience to His Word. The fruit that is born from our testimonies is wholly the Lord's; He will use us in ways we could never imagine.

What an amazing God we have? Cast your net on the other side of your boat this day, and go gather some fish!

God Bless You,

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