PASTOR RICK'S BLOG  

In a few weeks we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Savior and Lord. Spring break is around the corner and many people will be taking a much needed break for rest and relaxation. So let me ask you a question how do we make sure we stay on track and not loose the joy of Easter Sunday? How do we stay focused on Christ?

John 21 tells the story of the disciples, under the leadership of Peter, going on a little fishing vacation. Some people think they just went fishing because they were there anyway. Others see more in this. I’m one of those. I see this story of Peter and the others fishing as a step backwards in their lives. They’re disciples of Jesus. Jesus had just told them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men,” but they find themselves fishing again. They’ve gone back to what’s familiar and what’s usual in their lives.

If we are not careful the enthusiasm we experience for Christ during Easter will quickly subside and be replaced with the “same ole same ole” business as usual relationship with Jesus. Jesus desires for us to experience His fullness every day. The key is to focus on His word. Focusing on the Word of Jesus keeps us centered. It provides for us the necessary leadership in our lives that we need on a daily basis.

The bible tells in John that the disciples went fishing, after a full night of fishing and catching nothing Jesus came to them. Early in the morning Jesus stood on the shore. The disciples didn’t realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, ‘Friends haven’t you any fish?’ ‘No,’ they answered. He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you’ll find some.’’ So they did. “When they did they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said, ‘It is the Lord.’ And as soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord’ he wrapped his outer garment around him for he’d taken it off and he jumped into the water.” John 21:1-14

They had fished all night and didn’t catch a thing. What happened was that they had went back to the familiar, back to the secure hoping to get some direction and clarity. It never works that way. It just doesn’t. Sometimes if we are not careful we say to ourselves when we’re trying to rediscover motivation and clarity in our lives, maybe if I go back to my old town, my old job, my old relationship I can get refocused.

I’ve discovered that yes I can learn from the past. But I have also learned that God’s purpose is not behind us. It’s always out in front of us. There’s always something new that He has in my life and your life. The disciples fished all night and did not catch a thing. They had to be frustrated. I mean I get frustrated if I fish for ten minutes and do not catch anything.

We all need to learn that failure and discouragement does not mean that you’ve lost your way. Even if you’ve failed miserably lately, you’re discouraged and you feel like God does not care, your feelings are wrong. We are to trust God’s word more than our feelings. When the disciples trusted and obeyed God’s word. They caught so many fish they barley could get them to shore.

Don’t settle for anything less than a real relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s why He died. That’s why He rose again. That’s why He sent His Spirit into my life and your life. Don’t settle for anything less. I’ve been Christian for 45 years and I’m still figuring out how this works. I’m still growing in it every day and I hope I’m going to be doing this for the rest of eternity.

If you’re not perfect yet, don’t worry. None of us are. Just grow a little bit every day. Have a real relationship with Jesus Christ and don’t settle for anything less.

Walk Worthy.
Pastor Rick

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