Saturday, August 27, 2011

Default Mode (Part 2)

In my last post I talked about how Jesus' disciples reverted back to their default mode of fishing. Even though they were given a much bigger call on their lives to be "fishers of men" they still slipped back into the familiar. I also have done this.

I recently received a direct call from God to plant a church in Tucson, AZ (which I have received in the past and ignored--until now)! I have worked with children and youth for more than 17 years and I always defaulted to this mode. It is more comfortable and familiar. Also, I have a lot of experience in this area and could do it without much help from anyone (or God)?!

I believe God launched me into this new adventure of planting churches to rely on Him for strength and guidance. I don't have a stacked resume in this new endeavor. I have not experienced success in this, but God is teaching me that I need to trust Him and pray for His strength...His agenda...His power. So here I am at the crossroads of a new journey. I am no longer a fisherman, but a fisher of men.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Default Mode

It's funny how when we don't know what to do or are uncomfortable with what we are commissioned to do, we many times revert back to default mode. Here in John 21 we see Jesus' disciples out fishing. This is after they saw Him raised from the dead.
"Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 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."
Back in Luke 5 when Jesus originally called these disciples they were fishing. Jesus told them that from now on they would be "fishers of men." They had a new calling and commission. We see in this account in John that they are again fishing, unsuccessfully mind you. But when Jesus calls out to them to put their net on the right side of the boat, they haul in a miraculous catch.
Here are some lessons to ponder:
  1. Jesus has called all of us to be fishers of men (make disciples).
  2. When we are connected to Jesus we become successful. We are not successful apart from Jesus.
  3. We must consider the calling in our lives and go for it.