Hang Up Your Net

Hang Up Your Net

You’ve been punching the clock of life for a long time. Too long, in fact.

Yes, you’re logging the hours, day after day. You work continually, exhausting your fingers to the bone, and every night you flop into bed so tired you can’t imagine waking up in eight hours. Yet you feel strangely unfulfilled.

You’re so busy, yet so empty. Why?

A long time ago, there was a man. He earned his money as a fisherman, and it was pretty good pay. In all, he had a pretty good life. He had every reason to be happy. But for some reason, he wasn’t.

Until, that is, he met Someone who changed his life.

This Someone challenged him to live beyond this world. To think bigger. To think, of all things, about eternity. This Someone showed him there was life beyond the fishing boats, beyond the hand-to-mouth existence, beyond the paycheck. He showed him how to truly live.

After that, fishing wasn’t enough.

If you’re guessing, this story is about Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples. You can read about him in all four gospels, but the bottom line is – Peter was a doer. He wanted results.

Jesus, in His infinite wisdom, called Peter to follow Him (Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11). Perhaps it was because Peter was a bundle of brute force. Perhaps it was because Peter was so…human. Peter made his share of mistakes.

However, in the midst of a stormy, choppy sea, when all Jesus’ disciples were crying and weeping on a fearful boat about to sink, Peter – when he saw Jesus in the foggy distance, walking on water – was the only one to step out of safety, onto the strangely solid water, and walk feebly to his King (Matthew 14:22-32).

After Jesus died and came back to life, He visited Peter. Peter, who had been on a world mission with Jesus for three years up until His death, returned to what he knew best – fishing. After all, it was his occupation before he met Jesus.

However, the resurrected Jesus gave him a new assignment.

He said, “Peter, I no longer want you to fish. Your purpose is much bigger since you’ve met Me. No – I want you to go out.  Preach the Gospel to everyone. Tell them I have come. Tell them how to come to Me. Tell them – if they meet Me – they will never die.”

And so Peter did. He became one of the most influential people in history.

Is Jesus calling you to do the same? Is He calling you to trade in your purposelessness for real, true life meaning? Is He calling you out of your sedation into living and dying for Him?

If so my Friend, it’s time.  Time to hang up your net. Time to follow the One who called you out of the darkness. Time to grab His hand and follow Him.

It’s time to trade in your time card of life; to leave behind the drifting and aimlessness; to abandon the wandering nothingness of a life lived without a reason, without a point, without a cause.

If you are a Christian, you are ordained for so much more.

My Friend, like Peter, it’s time for you to step onto the murky waters of the world. Like He had Peter, so He also has you.

Your days of fishing are over.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

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