Saturday, August 31, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 31 August 2019

Not Again
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:1-5)

Today’s Morsel:  Do you ever get tired of having to repeat yourself over and over to some folks?  Do you feel like you are beating your head against a wall?  Well, hang in there.  Some folks have more clutter in their lives, and it will take a lot of pounding before you can get through to them.  Maybe this is one of the reasons why Jesus said, “In your patience possess ye your soul.”  When Jesus got into Peter’s boat to teach, Peter was on the shore cleaning his nets so he could go home, as they had toiled all night and taken nothing.  But after Jesus' teaching, He tells Peter to launch out into the deep and let down his nets for a catch.  I am sure Peter probably thought, "Not again. I’ve toiled all night and taken nothing." But then he agreed to let down a net.  And you know the story.  His net was so full of fish that it broke. How do you feel when you are asked to do something again that you’ve done before?  How do you feel when you are asked to give again when you’ve already given? How do you feel when you are asked to teach children’s church when you’ve already done it before?  How do you feel when you are asked to clean the church when you’ve already done it?  We should never decline when asked when it comes to doing anything to advance the kingdom of God.  Sometimes, in order to learn servant leadership, it may require that you do the same things repeatedly.  Toss your net in and you will be amazed at the catch Jesus will give in return.  

Sing: Jesus, use me, O’ Lord don’t refuse me, for surely there’s a work that I can do; And even though it’s humble, Lord help my will to crumble, though the cost be great, I’ll work for You.

Thought For Today: Never, Never, Quit. 

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