How Much Fish Have We Caught?

27 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. (John 21:5-6)

So, fellow children of God, do we have any fish? – No, we may not be fishers like the disciples, but we should still be getting “fish”. – In order to answer that question, let’s look at this passage in the larger context of Scripture. Now then, at what time other than this one, does Jesus (in essence) tell His disciples to ‘cast their nets on the other-side of the boat’? One time, was when He rebuked them for not having so much as a mustard seed worth of faith (I’ll explain what I mean by that in a bit). If you don’t remember the time He said that, it was on a boat, which was in the middle of a storm. The disciples were panicking, thinking they were going to drown; they cast their nets on the side of doubt. Then Jesus comes, and rebukes them. Then they stopped what they were doing, and start doing something else, and so their faith grows (or, if you will, they actually start having a “faith”); they turned around at cast their nets a little more on the side of faith.

You don’t need to be a fisherman/women to start catching fish. In the story in the verse above, we see a real, physical manifestation of a real, Spiritual truth. i.e. We aren’t to cast our “nets” wherever we please. If we do that, we can be sure we’ll fail miserably to “catch” anything. Instead, we are to trust Jesus to know best, and follow His word to us; only by doing that, will we “catch” anything. — When I talk about casting nets, I’m talking about our actions. i.e. If we do whatever we please, we won’t produce any “fish”; any good works. It’s only by following God’s word, the Bible (which is God’s written word), that we can do anything good, or useful.

So, here’s that question again: fellow children of God, have we caught anything? Are we obeying God’s will for our lives, or are we sitting by uselessly, and not being any help to anyone?

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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6 responses to “How Much Fish Have We Caught?

  1. ansuyo

    April 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Good analogy!

  2. Naphtali

    April 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    As usual a great post Joshua. God must be telling a number of us the same thing. In different words i have blogged about this very thing; in fact 2 days ago used the verse you did! With the picture!

    • Joshua Cleveland

      April 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Right, I think I remember that post, the one with Rembrandt’s picture; with the encouragement to let go of doubt, because then faith will grow. Yeah, I liked that particular post. 🙂 I agree, it looks like God is indeed telling us the same thing; I think God must of decided that important topics bear repeating.

      Well, thank you for the encouragement; all glory goes to God.

  3. SPTP2011

    April 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Excellent! A+ for the day! Thanks for the great reminder

    • Joshua Cleveland

      April 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Thank you Susie, I’m glad It was able to be a reminder to you. 🙂


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