Three "invitations" stand out in John's Gospel: "Come and see" (John 1:39); "Come and drink" (John 7:37); and "Come and dine" (John 21:12). How loving of Jesus to feed Peter before He dealt with his spiritual needs. He gave Peter opportunity to dry off, get warm, satisfy his hunger, and enjoy personal fellowship. This is a good example for us to follow as we care for God's people. Certainly the spiritual is more important than the physical, but caring for the physical can prepare the way for spiritual ministry. Our Lord does not so emphasize "the soul" that He neglects the body.
When we care then we can share!
"The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off."-John 21:8 (ESV)
Perhaps we can see in these two "fishing miracles" an illustration of how the Lord helps His people fish for lost souls. All of our efforts are useless apart from His direction and blessing. During this present age, we do not know how many fish we have caught, and it often appears that the nets are breaking! But at the end of the age, when we see the Lord, not one fish will be lost and we will discover how many there are. I have a friend who is always reporting on how many accepted Christ. He keeps the numbers but actually God knows and records the actual numbers.
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. John 21:4-6 (ESV)
It was time for Jesus to take over the situation, just as He did when He called Peter into discipleship. He told them where to cast the net; they obeyed, and they caught 153 fish! The difference between success and defeat in the kingdom is whether we obey Jesus. We are never far from success when we permit Jesus to give the orders, and we are usually closer to success than we realize.
" After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. John 21:1-3 (ESV)
It is interesting that at least seven of the twelve disciples were probably fishermen. Why did Jesus call so many fishermen to follow Him? For one thing, fishermen are courageous, and Jesus needs brave people to follow Him. They are also dedicated to one thing and cannot easily be distracted. Fishermen do not quit! (We are thinking, of course, of professional fishermen, not idle people on vacation!) They know how to take orders, and they know how to work together.
It is amazing how many today are pure lazy and useless in the kingdom of God. You ask them to do something for the Lord and the excuses you will get.
Would Jesus call you to be a "fisher of men"? Or just pass you by?
" I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all your wonderful deeds." (Psalm 9:1)
Do you have an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE? Someone suggested to start the day out giving thanks, being grateful and it would change your day. I began doing that and it does start the day off positive and keeps the attitude positive. We have so much to be thankful for so GIVE THANKS!