Do you like to fish? I sort of do, except I don’t like to put the worm on the hook or take the fish off the hook.
I guess that doesn’t make me a very good fisherman, does it?
Well, several of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen before they met and followed Jesus. One day after Jesus had been crucified and raised from the dead, Peter said to his friends, “Let’s go fishing again, ” so that is what they did. They fished all night, but they didn’t catch a thing.
Just as the sun was coming up, the disciples saw a man standing at the water’s edge, but the disciples didn’t recognize that it was Jesus. When the man asked them about what they had caught, they told him nothing. Jesus told them to throw their net out on the other side of the boat to catch fish. The disciples did what He had told them to do and guess what? They caught so many fish they couldn’t pull up the net.
At that point, they recognized the man on the beach was Jesus, so Peter swam to shore immediately, and the other disciples came to shore in the boat, pulling the net full of fish behind their boat.
When they all got to the shore, they found Jesus had a fire ready to cook some of the fish and bread for them to all have breakfast together. This was the third time the disciples saw Jesus after He had risen. (John 21:14) They all had a wonderful breakfast with Jesus that morning.
What do you think would have happened if they had not taken Jesus’ advice about the net? They would have missed out on catching all those fish, seeing and eating with Jesus, and having time spent in His presence. We, too, miss out on good things if we don’t follow Jesus’ rules about how to live.
I’m sure you want to have all the blessings that Jesus provides for us to have. In order to have them, we need to follow what He has told us in the Bible and try to be good, kind children that love and trust in Him. He only wants what is best for us every day and in every way!
Let’s say a prayer. Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us all the blessings that You give us each day. We have families, food, shelter, clothes, toys, and so many other things that we often take for granted. Help us to be kind to others and appreciate all You do for us every day. In Your name, we pray. Amen.
Ann Moody is coordinator of Christian education for First Presbyterian Church of Gallipolis.