Let’s Go Fishing!

“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.” (John 21:6, NIV)

Jesus had already been crucified. Peter was still feeling the effects of denying Jesus three times. He had lost a friend. He and the other disciples weren’t out preaching, they were fishing. Peter had returned to his former life – as a fisherman. He was about to have his third encounter with Jesus since the resurrection. Jesus stood on the shore (the disciples didn’t recognize Him) and called to Peter and John in their boat.

“Friends, haven’t you any fish?” He said. (John 21:5, NIV)

“No,” they answered.

“Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”  (John 21:6, NIV) Jesus responded.

If you happened to be a seasoned fisherman like these guys were, wouldn’t you be a bit irritated if a stranger suggested that you simply put your nets over the other side of the boat to catch some fish? Yet they didn’t question Him. And, when they took His advice they caught an enormous amount of fish. After being obedient, the Lord revealed Himself and ate breakfast with them.

There is so much that we are able to learn from this passage. As a Christian in the workplace, we must understand that we don’t have to leave our professions in order to fully follow Him. Peter went back to his profession – fishing. It was here that Jesus asked him these simple questions:

“Do you love Me?” and “will you feed My sheep?” (John 21:15-17, NIV) He didn’t say to Peter, “Fishing is a waste of time; give it up so you can follow Me”. He simply asked Peter for a commitment right where he was.

Our work is our mission field. In order to serve God there, we must change the way we think about our place of employment. We must have an overriding sense of mission and ministry wherever the Lord places us. Our jobs are His nets. When we listen to Him and obey Him, we can expect to see God fill those nets with His blessings.

Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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2 Comments on “Let’s Go Fishing!”

  1. Nici Roberson Says:

    So very true, actually the cause of my husband and I changing our direction in careers!!! loved this


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