Get back to work

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In Luke, chapter five, we see Jesus ask Simon to do something very specific; my guess is that it was probably something Simon wouldn’t have wanted to do. I spent a few years working in a warehouse, so I know a thing or two about labor. I assure you, after eight hours of throwing boxes, the last thing I ever wanted to do at the end of my workday was to go back to work. Knowing that, I am willing to bet that what Jesus was asking would have been something a worn out, tired fisherman, at the end of his day would have not wanted to hear.

After a day of labor, with nothing to show for it, Jesus asked Simon to get back to work.

What I want to observe, is that the miracle Jesus was about to do happened after Simon obeyed Jesus’ request to continue doing what he had been doing. How many times do we labor all day and get tired of the task only to miss the miracle because we don’t get back to work if Jesus tells us to?

The result of Simon’s obedience was a catch too big for his boat to even hold. He had to ask others to come assist him with the fruit of the labor. Simon could have said, “I’ve been working all day Jesus – I’ll throw the nets again tomorrow.” Instead, he says in verse 5, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”

He seems to respond with a moment of doubt. Maybe even frustration. BUT he recognized WHO was giving the command, and so he went back to work. He recognized that when Jesus says to do something, the results will be different than when we labor on our own.

You may be tired, maybe even frustrated at the lack of fruit in your work. From experience I can say this one thing; Obedience changes things. When you have worked all day, do not let your fatigue cause you to ignore (or disobey) the prompting of the Holy Spirit to continue in your labor.

You may be only moments away from the biggest catch of your life.

If Jesus says to get back to work – do it.

Andy Ziesemer

Andy serves as the President of AJM, traveling to support missionaries and teams around the world.


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