This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Today, I am thinking about when you call it a wrap but Jesus doesn’t.
We’re wrapping up our series on our life’s purpose. In this series, we’ve talked about how being tested can give us greater clarity about our purpose as well as how ultimately, our purpose is more about serving others than about our own personal ambitions. Finally, we said that God will often push us beyond what is comfortable to do His work.
It is in those periods of testing and discomfort and disappointment that you might feel like calling it a wrap or throwing in the towel. This is what happened to Peter when Jesus met him on the shore one day.
Peter and some other fishermen had been fishing all night and had not caught anything. By the time that Jesus arrived, they were washing their empty nets and getting ready to pack it up and go home. In other words, they were calling it a wrap.
Jesus sat in one of the empty boats and began teaching the crowd. When he finished, he told Peter to go out where the water was deeper and to let his nets down again. Peter and the other fishermen were awestruck by the amount of fish they had in their nets. It was so much that their nets began to tear.
It was at this moment that Jesus told Peter, “From now on, you’ll be fishing for people.” It’s interesting that when Peter was ready to throw in the towel, Jesus blessed him abundantly and advanced him to the next level—fishing for people.
The next time you’re feeling the need to throw in the towel, remember that God may see things differently. As you think about that, hold onto my favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you…” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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So today, don’t throw in that towel.