May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
When everything in life seems to be going well, we see no need for change. But even if our life changes for the better, and we have no desire to go back to the way things were, we may find ourselves revisiting the familiar place, for lack of a better plan.
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20 (NLT)
Three years later: The disciples had been fishing all night but had caught nothing. At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, He called out “Have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. When they got to shore they found breakfast waiting for them- fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. After breakfast Jesus asked Peter, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: Peter, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord you know everything. You know that I love you.” John 21 (NLT)
I believe what Jesus was saying is, “Now that you know me, and have spent time with me, things can not be as they have always been. You can not go back to your old way of life. What you have been doing isn’t working anymore. If you are finished doing things your way, try doing them my way. Follow my direction. Follow my lead. Allow me to guide you. Listen to my word. I have a bigger plan and purpose for your life. I will supply your needs. But from this moment on, you will be fishing for the hearts of men. If you really love me, consecrate yourself to me, so that you can teach others what you have learned from me. If you love me change your way of thinking. I have something new for you and you must find it for yourself, before you can teach it to others. Listen to me, really listen. Allow me to show you a new way.” What Jesus wanted is for Peter to position his heart where Jesus was.
Many times we continue in the same way of life and in the same pattern of thinking because its comfortable. But after Jesus has touched your life, you will never be the same again. You will not want to go back to the way its always been. Your past is called the past because it is in the past. It brought you to where you are today, but you don’t live there anymore. Today is a gift and tomorrow is a mystery. Position your heart where Jesus is and see where He desires to take you.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18&19 (NLT)