Inspirational

CAST YOUR NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

CAST THE NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

John 21:6

 

Cast Your Net

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.- John 21:6

Have we ever experience moments where we thought life have given up on us?

That doors were slam on our face wondering why?

And I find it surprising that after all of our efforts and energy trying to get results, we end up in vain and yet just on the opposite’s spot; is where we can find the same results we are expecting.

Is it just a coincidence or a divine intervention is at work?

Whether we like it or not, without any option left; we need to learn how to cast our net to the other side.

Let us dig deep and understand how it works because the disciples experience may relate somehow to our own story.

 

What Shall We Do Now

 Here was a situation where after the disciples tragic experience of being with the Lord, they were still not totally recovered and still puzzled on the past events that happened to the Lord.

For now, the disciples were on their own after years of being with Jesus. Their ministry was under lookout, no more preaching, no more teachings, miracles ceased, those who followed Jesus were hiding and some returned back to their normal life wondering what happened.

They may thought that their faith in Jesus made a mess in their lives because they were identified with Jesus and now they were on the watch list.

Their movement became limited.

Their hope was slowing down. The Messiah they expected had died and missing but appeared to them while they were hiding on a closed room. Pilate was still on his seat, the Pharisee were still enjoying their lives after their presumed victory.

They may be asking themselves “What shall we do now?”

Even in our life, under painful events and tragic experience; we have the same question “What shall we do now?

“My spouse left me, what shall I do now?”

“My finances are on the downhill, what shall I do now?”

“My blood pressure is not getting normal, what shall I do now?”

“My relationship is not getting better.”

“My company may close any time.”

“My children behavior is not what I expected.”

“I cannot afford to keep my family here in Dubai anymore, what shall I do now?”

“WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?”

With this in our mind, we console ourselves and return back to our comfort zone.

To where we fit and accepted. To where we are best. To a life of mediocrity.

This may be the same question Peter and the other disciples were asking.

Peter demonstrated this scenario in like all of us, so he returned where he came from.

Fishing.

 

THE WAY WE WERE

Some people fishing is a hobby and to be one with the nature. It’s good for deep thinkers.

But for Peter, he returned to what he loved and familiar, fishing!

Catching fish was his expertise. He knows the sea, the timing and this made him successful.

“You don’t know what to do now? I’m going fishing.”

There was no doubt that even his fellow disciples, when he asked them to go fishing, they all followed him.

When our expectation fails us, isn’t it many of us settle for less?

Because we don’t want to be hurt and to fail anymore.

We grab our old boats, we use the old nets, we hang with old friends, and we do the old things.

We return back where we fit, where we used to be.

When we return back to where we fit, we cannot fit there anymore.

Caterpillar cannot go back to where they came.

Chicken cannot go back to its shells again.

Because when we left everything to serve God, there should be no turning back.

This is what we need to know, sometime God closes more doors than He opens.

He shuts more access so that we could get the right door that leads us where to go. To our destiny where He wanted us to be.

 

WHAT IF YOU’RE BEST IS NOT THE BEST ANYMORE

Peter might said to them, “You don’t know what to do?  Ok come with me because I am good at this. I know this is going to work”

But what you will do if the things you know really works don’t works?

God shuts doors in our face we can’t go back to where we came from.

Being a Christian, there is no turning back because the mold that we usually fit in will not fit us anymore.

“I know this man, this is where I was good at.”

So they cast the net but it took time, some more time, and more time.

But seems the fishes were sleeping or on a holiday somewhere  on that night because none of them is touching the net.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

 

BY THIS TIME AND SURELY BY NOW

 So they waited for some more time but there were no fish.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

How many of us expecting something and until now waiting it to come?

“By this time, I should be with my family already in the Philippines but I’m not yet ready to retire”.

Then you pull the net up, “Surely by now I should have already a husband…”

Pulling it up once again, “Surely bow now I should have already children”

Surely by now, I should have already went home for good.

But the Bible says, they had CAUGHT NOTHING.

Peter don’t know that on that night, God shut the door for him.

No matter how good and intelligent we are, nor gorgeous and beautiful you are when He shuts the door, we cannot do nothing.

God puts us in a position to realize that without Him we can’t do nothing.

God will humble us.

He will give us success not from the success offered by this world.

 

ABNORMAL FAILURES

We must be aware of any abnormal failures.

We should always suspect unusual failures because it means that there is something spiritual going on.

Uncommon letdown means God is talking to you somewhere.

You can call for help to anybody but when He slams the door, no one can help you.

It’s about daybreak and from the shore, someone yell at them and asked ‘Children, have you catch any fish?” and they said “No!

This is not a question of insult but it’s time to inspect ourselves. Ask the question why and what happened.

Evaluate what is in our boat.

 

WORDS OF DIRECTION

 We need to admit that nothing is working.

Our skills is of no use until we humble ourselves.

And when they admit that they can do nothing, Jesus said to them “cast your net on the right side.”

Take note that it’s the same boat, the same net, it’s on the same lake, only a change of side.

The blessing comes not because of a new net or a more sturdy boat or a new lake but the difference lies on the obedience to a Word of Direction.

Because when God speaks in our life, He give us Words of direction.

Therefore the problem is not on our skills nor our technique but on our obedience.

I would rather have words of guidance than a bunch of inheritance. Even I have that much without direction, I can lost it all.

 

 

May you have His Words of Direction

Mikesendon

Inspirational

CAST YOUR NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

CAST THE NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

John 21:6

 

Cast Your Net

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.- John 21:6

Have we ever experience moments where we thought life have given up on us?

That doors were slam on our face wondering why?

And I find it surprising that after all of our efforts and energy trying to get results, we end up in vain and yet just on the opposite’s spot; is where we can find the same results we are expecting.

Is it just a coincidence or a divine intervention is at work?

Whether we like it or not, without any option left; we need to learn how to cast our net to the other side.

Let us dig deep and understand how it works because the disciples experience may relate somehow to our own story.

 

What Shall We Do Now

 Here was a situation where after the disciples tragic experience of being with the Lord, they were still not totally recovered and still puzzled on the past events that happened to the Lord.

For now, the disciples were on their own after years of being with Jesus. Their ministry was under lookout, no more preaching, no more teachings, miracles ceased, those who followed Jesus were hiding and some returned back to their normal life wondering what happened.

They may thought that their faith in Jesus made a mess in their lives because they were identified with Jesus and now they were on the watch list.

Their movement became limited.

Their hope was slowing down. The Messiah they expected had died and missing but appeared to them while they were hiding on a closed room. Pilate was still on his seat, the Pharisee were still enjoying their lives after their presumed victory.

They may be asking themselves “What shall we do now?”

Even in our life, under painful events and tragic experience; we have the same question “What shall we do now?

“My spouse left me, what shall I do now?”

“My finances are on the downhill, what shall I do now?”

“My blood pressure is not getting normal, what shall I do now?”

“My relationship is not getting better.”

“My company may close any time.”

“My children behavior is not what I expected.”

“I cannot afford to keep my family here in Dubai anymore, what shall I do now?”

“WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?”

With this in our mind, we console ourselves and return back to our comfort zone.

To where we fit and accepted. To where we are best. To a life of mediocrity.

This may be the same question Peter and the other disciples were asking.

Peter demonstrated this scenario in like all of us, so he returned where he came from.

Fishing.

 

THE WAY WE WERE

Some people fishing is a hobby and to be one with the nature. It’s good for deep thinkers.

But for Peter, he returned to what he loved and familiar, fishing!

Catching fish was his expertise. He knows the sea, the timing and this made him successful.

“You don’t know what to do now? I’m going fishing.”

There was no doubt that even his fellow disciples, when he asked them to go fishing, they all followed him.

When our expectation fails us, isn’t it many of us settle for less?

Because we don’t want to be hurt and to fail anymore.

We grab our old boats, we use the old nets, we hang with old friends, and we do the old things.

We return back where we fit, where we used to be.

When we return back to where we fit, we cannot fit there anymore.

Caterpillar cannot go back to where they came.

Chicken cannot go back to its shells again.

Because when we left everything to serve God, there should be no turning back.

This is what we need to know, sometime God closes more doors than He opens.

He shuts more access so that we could get the right door that leads us where to go. To our destiny where He wanted us to be.

 

WHAT IF YOU’RE BEST IS NOT THE BEST ANYMORE

Peter might said to them, “You don’t know what to do?  Ok come with me because I am good at this. I know this is going to work”

But what you will do if the things you know really works don’t works?

God shuts doors in our face we can’t go back to where we came from.

Being a Christian, there is no turning back because the mold that we usually fit in will not fit us anymore.

“I know this man, this is where I was good at.”

So they cast the net but it took time, some more time, and more time.

But seems the fishes were sleeping or on a holiday somewhere  on that night because none of them is touching the net.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

 

BY THIS TIME AND SURELY BY NOW

 So they waited for some more time but there were no fish.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

How many of us expecting something and until now waiting it to come?

“By this time, I should be with my family already in the Philippines but I’m not yet ready to retire”.

Then you pull the net up, “Surely by now I should have already a husband…”

Pulling it up once again, “Surely bow now I should have already children”

Surely by now, I should have already went home for good.

But the Bible says, they had CAUGHT NOTHING.

Peter don’t know that on that night, God shut the door for him.

No matter how good and intelligent we are, nor gorgeous and beautiful you are when He shuts the door, we cannot do nothing.

God puts us in a position to realize that without Him we can’t do nothing.

God will humble us.

He will give us success not from the success offered by this world.

 

ABNORMAL FAILURES

We must be aware of any abnormal failures.

We should always suspect unusual failures because it means that there is something spiritual going on.

Uncommon letdown means God is talking to you somewhere.

You can call for help to anybody but when He slams the door, no one can help you.

It’s about daybreak and from the shore, someone yell at them and asked ‘Children, have you catch any fish?” and they said “No!

This is not a question of insult but it’s time to inspect ourselves. Ask the question why and what happened.

Evaluate what is in our boat.

 

WORDS OF DIRECTION

 We need to admit that nothing is working.

Our skills is of no use until we humble ourselves.

And when they admit that they can do nothing, Jesus said to them “cast your net on the right side.”

Take note that it’s the same boat, the same net, it’s on the same lake, only a change of side.

The blessing comes not because of a new net or a more sturdy boat or a new lake but the difference lies on the obedience to a Word of Direction.

Because when God speaks in our life, He give us Words of direction.

Therefore the problem is not on our skills nor our technique but on our obedience.

I would rather have words of guidance than a bunch of inheritance. Even I have that much without direction, I can lost it all.

 

 

May you have His Words of Direction

Mikesendon

Character Formation, Inspirational

CLIMB DOWN YOUR TREE

CLIMB DOWN YOUR TREE

LUKE 19: 1-10

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The story of Zacchaeus is known to all of us.

Here is another account of a man who made it big even when he was small.

A story of conversion of a man who lived in sin but his encounter with Jesus was a pivotal point for him to start anew and be Jesus follower.

A man who climbed his worldly tree of pride, selfish ambition and life in sin climbed down to meet his God.

A story of a man who climbed down his tree and walks free.

This story is a story that all of us can relate because most of us have our own fictitious tree.

THE DRIVEN ZACCHEAUS

We can learn from the text that Zacchaeus was little in stature yet his size was incomparable to his desire to be big.

His size did not matter as he grew to be bigger than what he was physically.

No matter how small we are, we can reach our trees, our goals, and our dreams.

Our deficiencies are not a hindrance to our success.

Our smallness is no reason to judge ourselves of who we can become.

Maybe your height is less that they don’t accept you to play basketball but you’re a good shooter. You wanted to be a stewardess but because of your love to fly, you pursue till you become a pilot.

Maybe during that time of Zacchaeus, there were people better than him, but they did not made it.

Because Zaccheaus was driven.

A man who is driven is unstoppable.

We can see that Zaccheaus was driven to be at the top. A man who was driven to be a man he wanted to be.

You can be led by the Holy Spirit but a man driven is not only led but he is fighting a devil inside his heart.

When you are led, you follow the desires of your heart, your passion, you take the path God wanted you to go, but when you are driven, you don’t only walk your way out but you fight all the obstacles that are within you.

You wanted to win no matter what.

THE COMFORT OF OUR TREES

But when we reached the pinnacle of our dreams, we climbed the top of our trees that is when we tend to forget the very reason why we climbed the tree.

When we enjoyed the benefit of having it all, the luxury and comforts, the joy and happiness of being at the state of where we are, we tend to forget the very reason why God put us where we are.

We abuse the power, we neglect the responsibility, we become selfish and pride becomes our number one ally.

Yes we are driven, we are led but it comes a point when we set aside all of these in exchange for the prestige moment we are into.

Zacchaeus being the chief became greedy and abused his power by taking advantage of his position.

He cheated people by collecting more tax or either gives favor to “friend with benefit” and cheating the institution he supposed to serve honestly.

The comfort of our tree becomes our comfort zone to do what we do that satisfies our desires, our ego and prestige.

We tend to forget that the very reason why we are blessed is to be a blessing for others.

CLIMBING THE FICTITIOUS TREE

The second aspect of climbing our tree is the climbing our fictitious tree.

We pretend to be higher than who ought to be.

We hide who we are by climbing the tree to show everybody who we are.

Have you seen people with jewelry all around, a man driving a big car, living in a very big house yet has trouble paying off its mortgage and loan?

Sometimes we portray the other side of ourselves that others may envy us…. To compete with others. To show on the face of those who judge you so that they cannot judge you anymore.

If these are the case, we climb fictitious trees pretending to be higher than who we are.

We don’t need to compete nor compare ourselves as Saint Paul says that consider ourselves as least than the rest.

WHEN LITTLENESS TAKEN YOU

People tend to be big yet they are small.

Zacchaeus climbed the tree because he was so small.

We hide our deficiency by hiding our true selves to appear bigger than who we are.

Zacchaeus mentality is like that. He appeared to be bigger than what he was because people looked at him small not only because of his size but because of his crooked doing.

Sometimes to appear beautiful, many consult beauty experts to repair and enhance their body to improve self-confidence and change how people see them.

But knowing that we are a masterpiece of God is enough to establish the confidence we should have.

CLIMB DOWN OUR TREE

There was a story of a man who climbs a coconut tree and wanted to end his life. His neighbors noticed what he was about to do so they talked to him and admonished him to change his mind.

In vain, the man was hard-headed that he didn’t listen to them so they decided to call their village leader. The village leader talked to him but without success so they called the local Mayor to take over.

The mayor pleaded the man to consider his offer to help and give any assistance he needed. But in desperation, they concluded that this man was decided to end his life so they immediately called for their Parish priest.

The Parish priest came and without any word, he blesses the man by the sign of the cross. The man seeing the priest does this gesture immediately climbed down the tree.

All the people were clapping in amazement except for the mayor. So he approached the man and asked: “ Why you came down at great speed when the priest came while earlier all of us pleaded you to come?” The man said, “ I was afraid when the priest warned me that if you will not come down, we will cut the tree.”

I know that we surely laugh on this story because even when I told this to my eight and five-year-old son, they did laugh.

But you know? We are like that man who climbed the tree.

We are on the brink to our destruction when we will stay on our fictitious trees. The fictitious tree of our pride destroys our relationship with our family, our friends, and other people.

We consider ourselves higher than they are. We use our position to blackmail them.

It is only when we come down from our tree that we could reconcile and strengthen our relationship with people around us.

ZACCHAEUS CLIMB DOWN

When Jesus approached the tree where Zacchaeus was, He looked up and said “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay in your house.”

God approaches us in our fictitious trees and asking us to come down.

He will never look us down but God looks up on us.

Our situation is not an obstacle for God to look up on us because He doesn’t see our smallness but rather look up on the bigness of who we really are.

Zacchaeus come down. Now change the name of Zacchaeus by your own name and let this calling be our own calling.

God is calling us down to from our fictitious trees. From our pride, from our mask, from our comfort zone.

Imagine what great and amazing things could happen to you when God calls out your name. Because if you don’t believe, better ask Lazarus.

GOD IS CALLING YOU DOWN

God wanted to stay in our house; He wanted to stay in our heart.

Unless we hurry up and climb down our tree, we cannot have a complete and intimate relationship with God.

It is for us to choose between the comfort of our trees and the comfort of his presence.

Will we stay in the prestige of our situation or accept His invitation?

Will we forsake the tree of our convenience in exchange for our obedience?

God’s desire to dwell in us is far more than the desire of all of us that we dwell in

His house.

Climbing down our tree is a sign of our humility.

SALVATION HAS COMES TO OUR HOUSE

God seeks those who are lost. He seeks for those who nested and cling on the trees of their sins.

But Jesus never calls us out to condemn us but to save us.

It is His mercy and great love and compassion that drive Zacchaeus to climb down.

Maybe Zacchaeus thought, “who am I that this Jesus wanted to stay in my house? Nor who am I that I deserve for His invitation?

There were no words of judgment, no words of condemnation but an act of compassion.

Jesus act of compassion leads to Zacchaeus conviction and conversion. He offered to repay even half of his possessions to those he cheated.

That very act of God’s love and compassion not only brings conversion but also salvation.

“Today salvation has come to this house, because he too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man has come to seek and save that which was lost.”

Climb down your tree and receive Him humbly.

Mikesendon