Gone fishing..

John 21:1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

With notes from a message by Pastor Frankie Vega

The disciples all had secular jobs before they started walking and ministering with Jesus. They all were actually pretty blue collar jobs, if not illegal jobs. Some were fishermen, some were tax collectors, and some were even thieves and liars. But their secular jobs were not their vocations. After Jesus left, and things got hard, they all went back to their old jobs. They “went fishing”. In verse 4 we see that when Jesus appeared on the shore, the disciples didn’t even recognize him! (4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.) How often are we so caught up in “what we’re supposed to doing” and so caught up in our storm that we don’t even see Jesus standing on the shore? How much time do we spend casting our nets on the wrong side of the ship? A lot of us want to believe that we’re pursuing God’s will for us or a “good life” but really we are pursuing recreation and not re-creation; we are walking in disobedience. We can try and go back to living our lives like they were but one way or another God will show up, he will frustrate your endeavors  so you have nothing to show for it(3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.), he will dry up your resources, and he will even isolate you until you hear him calling you back; When God has called you to do something, he will never change his mind. So why do we keep trying to go back to the way things were? Why do we keep “going fishing”? People are getting lost  because God’s people are refusing their calling.

Here is how we are like the apostles in this story: Our troubles are on the sea, but God is waiting on the shore. When we are walking in disobedience (by denying our calling), God will wait for us on the shore of our calling. He will sit and wait. But when we are walking in obedience, our gracious and loving father will literally WALK ON WATER AND REBUKE THE STORM SO WE CAN MEET HIM!!!!!!! How many storms has he rebuked for you? How many times has he waited on the shore? See the difference in the stories.

Your provision is waiting for you on the shore of your assignment. Everything you need is on the shore of your assignment. God is waiting for you on the shore. In this passage it says that Jesus was waiting there on the shore with a fire and a hot meal for them (9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” )! All they had to do is come to the shore and everything they needed was there, in their place of obedience.

God says if we love him, feed his sheep. If we love him, win souls. If we love him, don’t deny what you were called to do.

 

At least that’s what Jay would say..

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