Sunday, December 3, 2017

CCF: So That You May Know Who He Is

John 21:1-14
Pastor Richard

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After the death of Jesus Christ, John chapter 21 accounts that Peter together with the other disciples decided to go back to fishing. Fishing during this time is not a recreation, it is their livelihood. It is something they knew they are skilled and familiar with to provide for their families . After the death of Jesus Christ, His disciples were scattered and perplexed. Without a rabbi, they decided to go back to fishing which is the line of work they are good at. But the Lord’s plan for them is greater than theirs.


And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” –Matthew 4:19

Similarly for us, when life does not make sense anymore or when we are facing difficult situation, oftentimes we have fallback careers, field which we know we can go back anytime and succeed on it. But you need to be sensitive on what God really wants you to accomplish. Because no matter how great you are in your profession, if that is not what God plan for you, it will not serve you neither Him.

It is essential to seek first His kingdom. Our employments are just secondary, our primary calling is to honor God.

There is nothing wrong with fishing but it is not God’s calling for the disciples.

And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” –Luke 5:10

How do we measure success? Where does success come from? Success does not happen because of our skills and knowledge, it is a blessing from God. Often God speaks loudly to us through loss, pain and failure. The question is, are we listening? When going through difficulties, God is telling us to trust Him.

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? –Matthew 6:26

Principles

1. Be diligent at work

In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty. –Proverbs 14:23

2. Work hard but keep your priorities

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. –Matthew 6:33
Life is not just about our work and how successful we are. These should not become our ultimate goals in life. As Christians, our greatest purpose should be to seek God’s kingdom.

What are you worrying too much? Where are you putting all your energies? Keep in mind that we may be of this world but we don’t belong to this world.

Conclusion

What is your fishing(fallback) that you are clinging into?
Are you always seeking the kingdom of God? Are you doing the right things God wants you to do for the right reason?

The best investment is always the ones with eternal returns. Our life is a journey of faith with God here on earth. Fleeting. Enjoy the journey, but always keep your eyes on the MAJOR things. Pursue God’s kingdom for His glory.

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