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Fishers of men

April 13, 2016

“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.” John 21:1 – 3

Letting Go III

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In the Old Testament, the Israelites were not content with having God as their king. In I Samuel 8:5 the leaders of the Israelites went to Samuel, the priest, and asked him to appoint a king. Samuel went to God in prayer and God granted the people’s request. They lived to regret that request.

The Israelites and the disciples had the same problem: they didn’t want to follow an invisible God. God had a plan for the Israelites and the disciples and, he had told both groups what he wanted them to do. The Israelites didn’t have a problem following Samuel and the disciples didn’t have a problem following Jesus when he was living in the flesh but, both groups had an issue when they couldn’t see the person they were supposed to be following.

When Peter announced he was going fishing, that’s all he was doing; making an announcement. He didn’t ask the other disciples their opinions. Peter didn’t have a conversation with the other disciples about what they wanted to do. He didn’t even ask them to come with him. He made a statement about what he was going to do and the rest of them followed him.

None of the other disciples had their own plan. Like many of us, they ignored what Jesus had told them to do; be fishers of men. The disciples were like many of us, willing to follow someone else rather than trail blaze into our own path while being led by God via the Holy Spirit. Too many of us are willing to go along with someone’s “good idea” because we’re too afraid to operate in God’s ideal for us.

We must let go of the notion of following people into their destiny, their outcomes and their Promised Land because we don’t have a plan for our lives. God has a plan for all of our lives. Ask him what he has planned for you and he will lead you into his good and perfect plan for you!

Stop sowing your seed into other people’s gardens!

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

 

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