Digging Deeper – January 3, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3

“So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.”

John 21:6 ESV



FRESH STARTS: DOING

Old Pete had a knack for catching fish. Every weekend Old Pete went fishing and returned with dozens of fish. Nobody knew how he did it. When other fisherman were unable to land more than three or four, Old Pete always came back with stringer after stringer of freshly caught fish. Curious, the Fish and Game warden decided to investigate. He followed Old Pete out to the lake, and when he launched his boat at the dock, the warden asked if he could ride along and observe. “Sure,” said Old Pete. “Hop in.” Old Pete started up his outboard motor.

When they arrived at an obscure part of the lake, Pete stopped the boat. The warden sat back and watched. Reaching into a box, Pete pulled out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and tossed it into the water. After the explosion dead fish soon started rising to the surface. Old Pete took out a net and started scooping them up. “Wait a minute!” said the warden. “What do you think you’re doing? You can’t do that! I’ll put you in jail, buddy! You’ll be paying every fine in the book! You’ll never fish again!” Old Pete calmly put down his net, picked up a second stick of dynamite, lit it, and tossed it in the warden’s lap. “So are you gonna sit there criticizing me all day,” he asked the panicked warden, “or are you gonna fish?”

There are times in life when we should sit around discussing and there are other times when we should be doing. Once God has clearly spoken and given us directions, it is time to start doing. We don’t have to do it in our own strength because if He told us to do it He will give us the strength to do it. God told the disciples to fish in John 21 and they did. Jesus would use this encounter to light a fire in the heart of the disciples in preparation for the great mission that was ahead of them. Is there anything you already know God wants you to do differently in 2018? Ask God to light a fire in you when it’s time to get to work on what He has asked you to do.

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