Old Habits Die Hard Again!
Jesus had returned to life, His old habit was living.
Jesus' disciples had returned to work, their old habit was fishing.
Fishing for food had replaced fishing for men. These men were not recreational fishermen, they had returned to their previous livelihood.
Only a brief interval had passed since Jesus' death. He had left them briefly alone. Jesus' disciples were simply back catching fish.
So quickly we return to our old ways if we don't stay around Jesus.
In returning to their old habits the disciples failed. They fished all night for no result.
Old habits will never see you through God's new seasons.
Jesus called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’ ‘No,’ they answered. 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. (John 21: 5-6)
Knowing their needs, the Lord had called to His followers. They had responded obediently. Weariness nor reason were impediments to the disciples' response. These professionals did not debate - they just obeyed. Their obedience led to their abundance.
Yet again He had called to them and again they had obeyed.
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. (John 21: 8-9).
Jesus had the fire prepared and the fish ready to meet His disciples' needs. He even had brekkie on the coals ready for them.
Jesus will never leave His followers unattended (even those backslidden), for His call is as irrevocable as His love.
At each morning Jesus invites you too, to an abundant breakfast with Him. The fire is lit, the food fresh and the table always set. He knows what you need for breakfast this day. He has it prepared.
Early each day hang around Jesus. Stop; open your ears and heart - then your Bible to have breakfast with Him. For it is in staying with Jesus your old ways stay away.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen as one being taught. (Isaiah 50:4b)
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"Easter took the bite out of the serpent." ~ Michael Cartwright
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