Today’s Scripture: John 21
As the book of John comes to a close, Jesus and his disciples have been through it! Jesus had died, was buried, was resurrected, and came back to hang out with his people. Now, in Chapter 21, the guys are going fishing. It’s been a slow night, and when morning comes, some random guy shouts at them to ask whether they had caught any fish.
5 He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish.”
“No,” they replied.
6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.”
The guys didn’t realize it was Jesus until their nets were full, overloaded with fish. And then, when they got to shore, Jesus had breakfast waiting for them.
They were trying to fish their own way, and it was a struggle. Jesus gave a simple instruction, to cast their nets on the other side. When they listened, they were blessed with an abundance of fish. And Jesus made them breakfast to boot!
Blessing after obedience is nothing new. Check out this example from the Old Testament:
1 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:”
How often do we try to do things on our own or our own way? Jesus gives us simple commands to follow, and when we do obey—when we follow his way—he blesses us. In fact, he doesn’t just bless us for obedience, he serves up some breakfast on top of it.
Scripture is full of Jesus’ teachings. One example is from the theme verse for our current message series:
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
The bottom line this week is What COMES NATURALLY to me might bring out the BEST OR WORST in you. You may want to handle a person or a situation in the way you feel like handling them. But, if you follow the teachings from this verse—be humble, be gentle, be patient, make allowance for other’s faults—God will work in the situation and bless you for it.
No one said it would be easy, but when we listen to Jesus, it is for our good. There’s blessing (and maybe even breakfast) in obedience if you follow his way.
What are you trying to do on your own? What are you trying to handle your own way?
Take some time to journal about a person or situation that is disturbing your peace. Go to God with your feelings about the situation and ask him how to act. Ask him for humility, gentleness, and patience. Follow up with journaling on how things went by handling them God’s way.
God, I confess that too often I want to do things my own way. I want to hurry up and take care of things that are bothering me. Please forgive me. Help me to walk in humility, gentleness, and patience. May I seek wisdom from your Word on how to deal with jerkfaces or jerkface situations in my life. Help me to walk with and follow you. In your precious name, I pray. Amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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