The average person will walk 5x around the Earth’s equator during their lifetime!
A 15 year old boy was hoping to receive his driver’s license when he turned 16. However, his father informed him that he would not be allowed to get his license without a few changes being made.
You must start getting all A’s and B’s in school, do all your household chores and get a haircut. The son agreed to the deal. So on the boy’s 16th birthday the boy’s Dad inquired if he had fulfilled their agreement. The boy said he now had a 3.0 at school. Mom confirmed that he had been doing his chores faithfully. The only part of the deal that he had not fulfilled was he had not gotten a haircut. Dad said “Sorry son, no license.”
The boy a protested saying “But Dad even Jesus had long hair! His father replied “Yes, and he walked everywhere he went too!”
Well That may be humorous but its not exactly accurate. Jesus walked MOST of the places He went but not all. I’d like to look at a few of the places that Jesus went but didn’t walk and glean some insights from them for our own lives. This time let’s consider…
JESUS WAS CARRIED IN A BOAT
After using Peter’s boat to preach to a crowd on the shore, Jesus said to Peter “Launch out into the deep for a catch.” (Luke 5:4). Peter at first protested but then yielded with these words: “Nevertheless at Thy I Word I will…”
Remember, for Peter to obey the Lord it meant physical work. After all, Peter’s boat didn’t have a Briggs and Stratton motor. He rowed! Perhaps he was thinking “Hey, I’m the professional fisherman, Jesus isn’t!” “Fish don’t bite in broad daylight. This is all a big waste of time!”
This would be a life-changing experience for Peter. Unknowingly, he was rowing towards a major miracle that would change forever both his view of Jesus as well as his calling in life. As a result of the miraculous catch, Peter would forsake all and follow Jesus fully the rest of his life.
Jesus told Peter to “Let down the nets”. According to the text Peter had already cleaned the nets that morning (5:2) and this meant he would have to do wash them all yet again. We also need to notice Jesus didn’t make the fish jump into Peter’s boat supernaturally, he still had to do what he had done all night yet without any results. The method wasn’t different, Who was directing the boat was!
There are times the Lord will call us to do something that at the time will seem like a total waste of our time and energy. Perhaps he will call us to go to Bible Study on Wednesday evening after we have worked hard all day and just feel like plopping in front of the television set instead. We say “But Lord, I went to study last week and I didn’t ‘catch’ anything that guy was talking about!”
Or maybe he will ask us to share our faith with someone at work who has never given us any indication of spiritual life at all in the past. We say “But Lord I’ve tried before and I always come up absolutely empty with that guy! There just isn’t anything under the surface there!”
Next time you feel like making an excuse when the Lord whispers a suggestion in your ear to go somewhere that doesn’t seem worth your while or to do something you don’t see any value in personally, decide now you will say what Peter said: “At your Word Lord I will” Say “Lord I trust your word over what I feel, what I think and over all my experience.” Obey His Word and watch the Lord take you somewhere deeper than you have ever been before with Him.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor 15:58