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So Now What?

Weekly Devotionals

So Now What?

After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. – John 21:1-3

I hope everyone had an amazing Passion Week. I hope you had a wonderful time of worship and reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. I hope yesterday was such a blessed time of celebrating the resurrection of Christ and the eternal life that we get to look forward to with Him. But, now that today is Monday, and Easter is behind us… So now what?

Whether we realize it or not, for many followers of Christ, this Monday is probably one of the most difficult days of the entire year. Just yesterday, we were singing and praising and dancing and celebrating the resurrection of Christ, and now today we have to go back to the conundrum of our blah and boring realities. But is this why Christ died for us? Is it only about a week of celebrating the gospel story, and now we go back to our regularly scheduled programs?

In John 21, Jesus’ disciples went through the same problem. They not only celebrated Resurrection Sunday, but with their own eyes, they had witnessed the FIRST EVER Resurrection Sunday. But when it was all done and over, they didn’t know what to do, so they did the only thing that they knew; they went back to their old job of fishing. Yet, it wasn’t the same. that night they caught nothing. Perhaps that night the fish weren’t biting or perhaps they weren’t using the right nets. However, maybe, they had experienced something so amazing that their old lives seemed so insignificant in comparison, and so their hearts were no longer into it.

However, when Jesus appeared to them on the shore, He told them to cast the nets again. When they did they hauled in such a large catch that they couldn’t pull in all the fish. Many people will say this was an intentional reminder to the disciples of their first calling to be fishers of men. Indeed, I do not dispute that was part of Jesus’ intention. But, I also believe that this was also meant to be an encouragement to go back into your work places and the world with a renewed vigor and empowerment that can only come from witnessing the resurrected Lord. Now that we are witnesses of the resurrected Christ, we can be further empowered to go back into the world and do extraordinary things for Christ.

Perhaps this means that you will become fishers of men in your workplace and other areas of life. Or perhaps it could mean that you will do extraordinary work on behalf of Christ at your workplace that has nothing to do necessarily with gospel evangelism, but you’ll just be great fishers. The point is that if we have experienced the resurrected Jesus, and so our lives are not meant to be the same. We are called to be extraordinary people and do extraordinary things with the extraordinary power of the risen Christ in our lives.

I pray that all of us can go off into the world this week and live extraordinary lives as witnesses of the most extraordinary event in all of history; the extraordinary resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Much love and blessings.