A CRITICAL reminder to ministers and fishermen

Please take 12 seconds and read these 3 verses……

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John 21:4-6

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.  5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”  “No,” they answered.  6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

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My pastor J.D. Greear reminded me of this truth last night during our prayer service:

We can’t do ANYTHING as ministers or ministries until we hear the voice of the Master.  NOTHING (John 15:5).  PERIOD.  These men knew what they were doing.  They were professional fishermen!  And yet, NOTHING.

I think the tragedy today is that there are so many professional ministers (if such a thing exists), and so few child-like servants.  (I am guilty of this so often, God help me.)  We are a BUSY people, not a LISTENING people.  We have much activity, but little (real) productivity.  We are fishing, but not catching.  Honestly, even as I write this, I cringe at the thought that my current “fishing” MIGHT be just business….that “my” ministry MIGHT become my ministry.  Oh Lord save us from this and let us hear Your voice and OBEY!!!

These men didn’t need a seminar, a consultation, a more organized schedule, better lures, better strategies, more money, etc, etc, etc.  These men needed a Voice.  They needed Divine Instruction.  And that’s all you need.  That’s all I need.

Jesus – I don’t want to waste ANY time fishing on the wrong side of the boat of life.  I pray that even this tiny little blog post can be a net of sorts….a net that brings MANY fish into the comfort and direction of Your voice again.

Writing that you might wait for His Voice, and that your ministries might be too fruitful for you to handle-

Matt