Friday, April 24, 2009

A Miraculous Catch of Fish

From Blog09

This past Sunday morning I was on a trip, but today I listened to our pastor's message on CD. He was speaking about Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish in John 21:1-14. Read the passage.

He sees it as a set of events that were symbolic of how we do ministry in the age of the resurrected Christ:
1. We can accomplish nothing without Christ.
2. With Christ, we can see amazing results. We can see those results even when Jesus is not physically present in the boat with us.
3. Jesus is known by his deeds.
4. Christ doesn't need our work. He graciously allows us to participate in the work. He already had fish on a fire.
5. We don't feed him. He feeds us.

That set me to thinking about this blog. Do I write for his glory, or for my own? By his power, or by my own? Too often, I've wanted my own glory, not his. Why do you do what you do? By what power? Your own, or that of Jesus?

Father, forgive us. May YOUR kingdom come. May YOUR will be done.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

The pastor's five points are right on, and thanks for posting them as a reminder to all of us.

Nothing we do, however good or well-intentioned, is completely free of the will of our flesh. Yet if we did nothing at all, Christ could not work through us, since He has made us witnesses of His resurrection to the ends of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8, 22). Though we work as hard and as faithfully as we can, He still instructs us to say at the end of each day, that we are unworthy servants who have only done what was given to us to do (cf. Luke 17:10), and not only to say it but know it.

Jesus is with us, and He is so close to us as we walk with Him that His shadow over us heals us of our iniquities great or small. If only we can manage to stay close to Him and not wander off on the paths of our own imaginings, we will remain safe.

With the eternal Word speaking to His Father on our behalf, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do," we can have no better assurance of our eternal salvation or better proof of His banner over us from day to day.

And His banner over us is love.
(cf. Song of Solomon 2:4)

ambersun said...

I agree with Romanos - "Nothing we do, however good or well-intentioned, is completely free of the will of our flesh."

I know, myself, I am the master of mixed motives. I can't even sort this out myself.

Thanks for yet another thought provoking post.

God Bless


Jim Swindle said...

Thank you, Romanós and Amber, for the comments and for the wisdom.