"It's been a long night and I'm totally worn out. My hands ache; my muscles are tired; my clothes are soaked; and my nets are empty. Just leave me alone, I'm not in the mood, I'm done!"
I wonder if these were the thoughts that ran though Peter's mind that day when Jesus saw him along the shores of Gennesaret? Although Peter was working hard, he had little to show for it.
Our thought today comes from Luke 5:2-3: "And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship."
Sometimes seasons in our lives come when the nets are not producing as they used to. In this devotion, I would like to share three observations that God's Word recently revealed to me.
1. When Peter was finished, Jesus was just getting started. It was as though the Lord was waiting for the efforts of man to be exhausted before He would approach the boat. I know there are times when I am that way: It is my effort, my work, my labor, and I factor the Lord right out of the equation. Sometimes I believe the Lord is waiting for me to be done just so He can get started.
2. Peter allowed Jesus to repurpose his boat. Repurposing is big right now with home furnishing. For example, people are taking used pallets, old windows, rusty metal, and transforming them into beautiful furniture. In our story, Jesus uses a fishing vessel and transforms it into a pulpit where the Gospel is preached. Let us not be so rigid with our lives that Jesus cannot repurpose our ships. It might be just what we need to carry us through an empty season of life.
3. Peter yielded ownership for an opportunity at partnership. Jesus enters the ship. The phrase in our text, "... which was Simon's, ..." establishes ownership. Simply said: It is Peter's boat and Jesus entreats the owner to partner with Him. This partnership went far beyond the "catch of the day" by developing into a relationship which led to fellowship and ultimately to worship. It is amazing that such a bad night turned into a good day when Jesus entered the ship.
From time to time, we all have days when we go through the motions and come up empty. Is it possible that we are working in our own strength? Are we willing to accept change in our lives for the sake of the Gospel? Have we worked Jesus out of our plans?
Is it possible that He wants to repurpose something in our lives for the sake of the Gospel?
Written by Dale Money