Focus on Jesus

John 21:1-14
Acts 4:1-12 / Ps 118

Cast the net on the starboard side and you will find something.
(John 21:6)

Like Simon, we may lose our focus
When distraught, sad or feeling sorry;
But just keep faith and hope in Jesus,
His guidance leads us to His glory.

Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” They answered, “No.” 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. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. (John 21:1-14)

Reflection

It seems awkward going back to an old way of life or profession that we had abandoned after the new one we had been passionately pursuing did not progress as we had expected. Such was the listless disposition of Peter and the other apostles after the death of their Leader, Who had been their only hope for glory. They had gone back to their old fishing boat, and to their familiar fishing grounds, but even as they worked the whole night, they caught nothing. Dawn was coming as they headed for shore when the powerful voice of a stranger directed them to lower their nets on the right side of the boat. With nothing to lose, they did so, and were rewarded by a large catch too numerous to pull in.

Without direction from the Lord, all our attempts to find meaning in life will amount to nothing. By our own plans and efforts alone, we will always come up empty. In all major decisions in life, I have learned that it always pays handsomely to lift them up to the Lord first before going into action. Everything in life belongs to the Lord, and we are just His stewards. Therefore, we must always ask His permission as well as His direction first before we embark on anything. What is there to lose? A few minutes of consultation with the Lord in prayer, and reading the Bible are all there is to it. If we feel that our life’s journey seems to be lacking in direction, it is most likely that we do not meditate on Holy Scriptures as regularly as we should. The Bible is the ‘guidebook of life’ that God has handed down to us through His prophets and evangelists. By making it a daily habit to read scriptures, we can expect to know God more intimately and be led in the right paths with His decrees and ordinances, as well as be enlightened by the beautiful lessons of Jesus in His parables. We can also be assured of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and guidance. When we make it a routine to consult God in prayer and scripture reading, we will discover that whatever we set out to do in life will never be in vain.

Direct us, Lord, in everything we do, that it may always be for Your glory.

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