Who is Your Leader?
“…4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 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. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread…”
– John 21:1-25
After Christ was crucified, He was raised and appeared to His disciples after they had spent the night fishing and caught nothing. As day was now breaking, they saw a man on the shore and heard him call out “Did you catch anything?” They answered with a flat “NO”.
In such an hour, it is best to confess our failure and then listen to Him. What had been perfectly legitimate and profitable, before they were called to be disciples, was now completely wrong and disappointing. Jesus stood on the shore, but they did not recognize Him because they were blinded by self-determination. Jesus did not reprimand them for their lack of devotion and trust; He simply instructed them! They did bring in their nets and cast them on the right side. The nets were at once filled.
John was the first to recognize and acknowledge Jesus. Peter then began swimming to shore. When the others arrived, they realized the man was Jesus!
Jesus had built a fire of coals to fix breakfast for them. He told them to bring fish from the nets and He cooked the fish and served the disciples. Jesus did not punish them, but re-commissioned them to go and take care of all His flock.
His commission is so true for our church that each of us might minister in Broken Arrow and beyond. We must ask Jesus to give each member a clear calling to serve. In Proverbs 3:6-7, we are directed to put God first in everything we do. He will give us directions and crown our efforts with success. “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”
Pray: Our Heavenly Father, we see you as our leader. Give us your direction and as you promise, crown our efforts with success. We ask for your direction as we serve you. In the name above all names, Jesus’ blessed name. Amen
B. Joe Gunn
Retired Hospital CEO
Oasis Class Member & Substitute Teacher
First Baptist Broken Arrow