January 17, 2019

Back to Basics, With a Twist

John 21:1-14

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”

—  John 21:10

This story about Jesus standing on the beach always inspires me. When I feel like I have lost my way and need to refocus, I often turn to this passage.

It is interesting that at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, when he first called his disciples, they had been fishing all night but had caught nothing. Then he told them to go back out to fish again. They took the risk, and they caught more fish than their boat could hold (Luke 5:1-11). For the next three years they followed and walked with him, learning what it means to fish for people instead.

Then, after Jesus was crucified and had risen from the grave, he told them to go and meet him in Galilee (Matthew 28:10), where they had first met him. While waiting for him there, they must have had some time on their hands and didn’t know what else to do, so they went back to basics. They went fishing.

That night, however, they caught nothing. Then, the next morning, Jesus called out from the shore, telling them to cast their net on the boat’s other side. They took the risk, and before long, they knew exactly who it was on shore.

Do you hear Jesus calling you?

Notice too that although Jesus already had fish on the fire, he invited them to bring some of their fish too. He also invites us to bring what he has given so that we can join with him in the work of his kingdom.

Jesus, guide us to listen to you and to trust you to provide all we need—and more. Help us also to use what you have given us to share your love with ­others. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Pastor Beth Fellinger is a wife, mother, and grandmother who has more than 40 years of experience in pastoral ministry. She and her husband, Barry, have created a missional community in their neighborhood called the Ugly Couch Cafe. From serving coffee at a blue picnic table on their front lawn, to praying with neighbors, to hosting faith gatherings on a weekly basis, the Ugly Couch Cafe has grown—and nothing gives Beth greater joy than introducing people to Jesus.

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