THE ARRIVAL OF JESUS WAS THE TURNING POINT IN BOTH STORIES.
The arrival of Jesus and His presence is always the turning point in every situation. Here we see two similar stories with one major common thread – Jesus pitches up and everything changes. He is the turning point in each of our lives as Christians. In fact, He is the turning point of all of history as we know it. When He comes into our lives we call it conversion. The very definition of the word conversion means a process of change in which we change from our state to a completely different state. It is much like when ice melts and turns into something completely different, water.
BE AWARE OF DOING YOUR OWN THING.
John 21:3 Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.”
These men were discouraged and frustrated and in that moment of weakness had decided to do their own thing. This was not an instruction that they had received from the Lord. They did what they felt like doing and they ended up doing what ‘seemed good unto them’. What God instructs and commands He blesses. When we do our own thing, outside of what the Lord has told us to do, we will not enjoy success in the long term. This is why it so important for us, as His children, to hear His voice and obey, because it is a key to the supernatural success that only God can give. When we follow His instructions, it is a guarantee of success. Not only had they not received instructions to go fishing, but they went fishing without Jesus. It is like being selected to run in an athletic race. In the race we are assigned a track in which to run. However if we arrive at the race and decide that we do not like the course and bring our own paint and paintbrush to paint our own track, we will be disqualified and success will not come to us. We need to run in alignment with His instruction and with His abiding presence. We need to know that ‘God is in our boat’! Years ago we used to sing a song with the following words: “I have no power of my own…” – Without Him in our lives, nothing is worthwhile, but with Him, everything can have meaning, purpose and effectiveness.
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