Dear Ministry Partner,
There are certain seasons in our spiritual life when we feel confused and directionless. We are confused as we try to make sense of what God is saying to us while feeling stuck in our current situation. The future looks uncertain and we are weary from waiting for God to “show up” in our lives.
Peter and some of Jesus’ disciples found themselves in such a situation in John 21. The confounded disciples faced an uncertain future as their leader was now gone. Perhaps Peter had grown tired of waiting for Jesus’ return to Galilee and the sight of boats and nets had reminded him of his previous vocation as a fisherman. Feeling restless and not knowing what to do next, Peter told the disciples, “I am going out to fish.”
In what was almost a replay of his initial encounter with Jesus in Luke 5, Peter and the disciples caught nothing that night. Acting upon Jesus’ instruction, they caught a net full of fish. It must have been humbling for these professional fishermen to trade in their experience for simple obedience. Only when the disciples obeyed Jesus were they successful in catching fish. In the same way, we will be blessed by God in our simple acts of obedience to Him.
As they made their way back to the shore, Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Jesus had already prepared breakfast for them, knowing they would be hungry and tired after being out at sea the whole night. The aroma of hot bread and roasted fish must have stirred the appetites of the disciples. Acting as the host, Jesus served the disciples breakfast.
Like Peter and the disciples, we sometimes lose our spiritual bearings and grow weary from serving others and even serving God. We may be disappointed by people around us, or feel misunderstood by others as we serve them. We may even be tempted to give up.
In times like these, Jesus invites us to have breakfast with Him. He cares deeply for us and knows what we need. We need the breakfast fellowship with Jesus to refresh our perspectives and renew our calling. He also invites us to “bring some of the fish you have just caught” and use what we have for His purposes.
Make an appointment to have breakfast with Jesus today. He is waiting.
Enjoy your breakfast,
Lam Kok Hiang
Photo from Haparanda Midnight Ministerial 2010