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
Jesus died. He arose. He appeared to his disciples. Then, the disciples went fishing. Huh?
Have you ever wondered what you would do if the rug was pulled out from under you? Would you live in your parents’ basement? Would you go back to your high school job? What would you do?
Jesus’ disciples were left with a mystery and a misunderstanding. The ‘sure thing’ of the last three years seemed unsure. What they knew they could count on was their old standby, fishing. They were comforted by something so familiar.
I don’t believe they had turned their backs on Jesus. At a minimum, a disciple’s gotta eat. Sure, Jesus had directed them to fulfill His mission (John 20:21-23), but what did that mean. The disciples weren’t trust fund brats who could live a life of leisure. They couldn’t just sit around drinking wine, smoking cigars, and debating the meaning of Jesus’ words. They had to keep body and soul together.
When supernatural callings intersect with ordinary lives, the results will vary. A few who are called make too much of how special they must be. Most don’t understand. And, more than a few sit around and debate the words.
But, Jesus told them what to do. Why did they go back to fishing? Why didn’t they just go out and start doing it? We could ask ourselves the same question.
What is Jesus calling you to do? If you know, what’s keep you from fulfilling that call? If you don’t know, what’s keep you from finding out?
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