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Weekly Devotion: So Now What?

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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,

Joe