How’s it working for ya?

Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.”
John 21:1-3
I can’t really blame Peter and the other disciples for going back to fishing. After all, it had only been three years and fishing was always something they could fall back on in case things didn’t go the way they thought they would. Jesus being crucified just might fall into the category of things not planned. This statement “I go a fishing” speaks volumes. He used a word in Greek pronounced hupago, which means a final departure into something else. In otherwords this wasn’t a weekend fishing trip. He was done. In his world, Peter couldn’t see God’s provision or God’s plan, in fact he had lost sight of God in his life altogether. All he knew was that he had mouths to feed and bills to pay. The three years were great but you know “ time to get back to reality”. What’s sad is that all of them were thinking the same thing.
But then there’s was Jesus. They didn’t recognize him from the shoreline. They heard a man shouting “children under instruction, you haven’t caught any fish, have you?” (Wuest Translation) Or “HOW IS WORKING FOR YOU”. (My translation) Once again Jesus shows up to deal with the renegade disciples. Peat and repeat, from no fish being caught to a boat sinking load of fish.
The story ends with Jesus serving up a nice warm meal at the beach teaching Peter on love and redirecting his fishing ministry back to men rather than fish, and letting him know that his phileo love wasn’t holding up to well and he needed more of the agape love of the Holy Spirit in his life.
How is it working for you these days? I find that sometimes when things are too hard we just do something really, really stupid. In fact the girls at Marysong talk about this all day long. What started out as smoking a little “joint” at some 7th grade party turns into a nightmare that they never got out of. If we think living the Christian life, tithing (yes I said the “T” word) reading the Bible (oh how boring?) and going to church (even worse with those hypocrites!) is hard, let me ask again- HOW’S THE ALTERNATIVE WORKING FOR YOU? No thanks, I too like Peter, learned the hard way and decided to hang up the fishing business. Peter’s life brought him right smack into joy unspeakable and full of glory.
It will be okay, I promise. Whatever your going through, Jesus will be on the boat, stilling the storm, or on the shoreline directing the school of fish to go your way, He is our provider and our standby.
Wuest goes on to say “The secret of Christian service that glorifies the Lord Jesus is in the love which the Holy Sprit produces in the heart of true Christians. The quality of that service is measured by the intensity of the love in the heart of that Christian. The intensity of that love is determined by the degree of yieldedness of that person to the Holy Spirit.”

4 Replies to “HOW’S IT WORKING FOR YA”

  1. sometimes things dont go as planned and we think we missed outon so much the lord has for us, im going threw that one, right now, im seeing we dont always know everything, its ok, now is the time when this season comes and it will,to all of us,to hang on to the lord, get prayer dont be proud, tell the lord what you are feeling he already knows, go to your brothers and sisters, pray to find what you need in his word, seek him in a honest way get real,knowing good from the lord in our lives will come in us.I know i cant trust anything in myselve, the lord has a better course for me than even more than i could ever think up.sometimes its very good to pray in tonges we dont always know what to pray and need to let the Holy Spirit make intercession for us. im at this place right now in my life, im not going back to being a cowboy like peter went back to fishing, peter was convinced after he saw the lord again and really saw his calling to be fishers of men, i want to be a serventof the most high like peter,we all go threw these times to learn be changed, changes sometimes hurt but good comes i know this we dont get to call the shots in the lord, he gets to call them.

  2. Thank You so much Pastor Frank
    I love to read your message,often we think that story’s from the Bible are old only for that time, but we understand that it’s real life, not only for Peter but we can place ourself in that position, but wat powerfull that we can walk also with Jesus,and knowing that Holy spirit fill’s us everyday…if we give Him time to do it.than we can leap over a wall, and believe me I never ever want go back from where I game from,If i think about that stupid nasty life,i want formetate amidiatly,jakky,I love the way He moves me, I pray that He shake you more than ever,and a song in the day and night, He’is so good. Youre sister in Jesus,Erica

  3. The fact that Christ showed Himself twice before to His disciples and they returned to their way of life before Christ is confusing at first. I could better explain it if they had returned to fishing before He appeared to them the first time. They now had proof of His resurrection and returned to the old way of providing or living, to what was familiar to them. Unfortunately this behavior is all too familiar to me and maybe many Christians, sad to say.
    Born again believers have the proof of the Holy Spirit in us, Romans 8:16. We have proof of transformation of our lives, 2 Corinthians 5:17, yet we get a gut check and have a knee jerk reaction returning to the natural, relying on our efforts.
    “Peter couldn’t see God’s provision or God’s plan” that pretty much sums it up. We are all too quick to gravitate to that which we can see and touch and maybe control rather than relying on God, the unseen.
    Several things I find interesting are:
    1. There are no accounts of persecution or unusual hardships that the disciples were experiencing leading them to return to the fishing, their previous life.
    2. As soon as there is the rumor / hope of Christ, Peter throws caution to the wind and abandons his current station at the chance to be close to Jesus. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!
    Even though in this event the disciples caught nothing which may depict the emptiness of their old life to what a life with Christ offers I am convinced even if they had the best night fishing ever they would have reacted the same way. Philippians 3:8 comes to mind.
    Something else I notice. They see Christ twice after His resurrection and return to fishing yet even with tremendous persecutions and hardships the disciples experienced later in their ministry, they refused to abandon the great commission given to them just before Christ ascended into heaven. The difference is they received of the Holy Spirit. No longer was it they had confidence and boldness only when near Christ.
    This all speaks to me the importance to be filled, TO SATURATE! For without Him I can do nothing.

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