April 12, 2016
“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “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.” John 21:1 – 3
Letting Go – Part II
A recent study from the Department of Justice, stated an estimated that 72.3% of individuals convicted and incarcerated for committing a crime will return to prison within three years of their release back into society.
A big issue for offenders is returning to the same environment they were in before they were incarcerated. Once they return to their old environment they often end up doing the same things they were doing before they were incarcerated, which lead them back to jail or prison.
As one ex-offender put it, “Sometimes, you just don’t know what to do. You got to do something but you don’t know what that is. You don’t know how to being someplace new, so you start where you know.”
Peter made a decision; he’s going to back to his old environment. The advantage we and the disciples share over the ex-offenders, is this; we’ve seen what our lives can be like in our new environment in Christ Jesus. The disciples had seen Jesus feed the 4,000 and the 5,000 people, heal the sick, cause the lame to walk and the blind to see. Peter, James and John saw the power of the transfiguration and watch Jesus raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
You and I have seen God move in our favor when we thought we’d never survive a loss of a loved one, a job loss or a broken heart. We’ve seen God give bless us with things we needed and make a way for us when we didn’t see how we were going to make it.
When you and I make the decision to go back to our old environment we are saying to Jesus the same thing the disciples were saying; “Jesus, what you’ve done for us, isn’t enough to make us want to change our live and live a new life in you.”
Going back to your old environment should not be an option for us when we realize all that God through Christ, has done for us.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6
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