Doesn’t Jesus know we’re professionals? When we’ve tried something a dozen times the RIGHT way without positive results, why does He often insist that we do something illogical?
I thought of this after reflecting on the account of Luke 5 recently. You’ve heard this one before. Peter, the professional fisherman, makes it clear that they have worked hard fishing all night. They caught nothing. It just didn’t make sense to cast out again…..and on the opposite side of the boat. But they did out of simple obedience to Jesus.
Guess what? Overwhelming results!
Why? Not because of their hard work, knowledge or experience of fishing, or great ideas. No. The enormous blessing came because they did precisely what Jesus instructed and exactly when He said to.
That’s it. His ways and reasons often appear to be highly illogical to us. That is where faith comes in. If we truly believe in God and that His ways really are superior to ours, then why is it that His requests often cause us to question His reasoning?
Are you in ministry? If so, you are likely to encounter at least one moment (if you haven’t already) where God proposes a method, vision, or event that sounds like He is totally off His rocker…..or throne. When this happens, you have two choices.
1. You can roll up your nets and call it a night.
– OR –
2. You can give the creator of the universe the benefit of the doubt and try it His way. It may seem crazy, unorthodox, or even impossible. But if it came from God, well…..you’d be crazy NOT to give it a whirl.
As always, comments are appreciated.
Two key points in this passage.
1. We do ministry the way Jesus tells us to.
2. We have one overarching purpose…..to point the attention of others to Jesus.