Friday, September 21, 2012

Things Just Work Better When Our Priorities Are Correct

As the Lord was beginning His ministry, He traveled throughout the region inviting certain people to be His Disciples. One day, as a small team of fishermen were cleaning up from a long night of work, Jesus comes upon them and challenges them to refocus their priorities. Although they were making much needed repairs on their fishing nets, Christ redirected their attention by climbing into their boat to teach a crowd that had gathered.


After He was finished teaching, He said to the fishermen, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5.4) But they were tired from a long night of fishing and catching NOTHING! Simon said, “Master, we have toiled all night long and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will down the net.” (Luke 5.5) The catch was so great they needed help from another boat to bring it to shore. It was only when they set their minds to listen to Christ that they were able to catch fish that day. It was only once they had their priorities correct, that everything worked out for a great catch.


The same thing is true for our lives. There are, were, and will be, many times in our lives when our way of doing things just doesn’t seem to work out. Just then we have to look to Christ and say, “Nevertheless, at Your word….” And then we must redirect our efforts based upon the Lord’s teaching and Commandments. Then and only then will everything turn out the way it is meant to be. Then and only then will we have our priorities correct. Then and only then will we be true Christians.

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