Tuesday Re-mix –
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:4-5
Very much like Peter and James and John, we have developed some real expertise when it comes to “doing church”. Given hundreds of years to develop our systems and our understandings of scripture, we have a strong sense of what works and what does not work. We study our culture and think we’re pretty knowledgeable about the best ways to teach and to minister and to reach people. And when we set out to implement a ministry and it comes back fruitless, we have all kinds of experts and assessment tools to tell us why it didn’t work and how we need to change it to make it work better. And when we make those changes and it still doesn’t work, after we have exhausted all our expertise and most of our energy and resources, it is easy to conclude that this particular ministry project just isn’t going to work in this situation…not now, not under these circumstances.
But in reality, there was only one thing missing from Peter’s fishing endeavors on that lonely, fishless night: Jesus. Add Jesus to the mix and suddenly everything worked.
So, as you sit on the edge of your bed tonight lamenting the fact that your ministry endeavor simply is not working…not now, not under these circumstances…that all of your expertise just does not seem to be paying off…that there is obviously something wrong with the “fish” in your community and that they simply are not biting tonight…
…consider the possibility that the problem is neither you nor the fish, that the problem is neither theological, economic, demographic nor geographical, that the issue is not methodology nor sociology nor anything at all of a human source…consider the possibility that your effort is simply lacking Jesus.
Look around and see where the Spirit of Christ is at work…and take your ministry there. Try one more time. Put out into the deep water and let your nets down for a catch. Because this time, you’ve got Jesus. And that makes all the difference.