We have Jesus every day. He is present with us all the time, and so we are able to live in transformation all the time. So often, though, we conform to old and worldly ways instead of being transformed by the renewing force of God. Jump out of your boat…
1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
6 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.
7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
After Jesus appeared to the disciples, things went back to ‘normal.’ Peter decided he was going fishing. Now, I’m not sure whether he was going fishing that day or whether he was going back to fishing. That’s the fear, though. When we don’t feel the presence of God in our midst, do we go back to where we were?
Sometimes we wait on God, as we read the other day in Psalm 130. And the waiting can lead to self-initiated action. I’m going fishing. That was Peter’s job before he was called by Jesus. He went back to work. What do I go back to when Jesus isn’t present?
Well, the difference is that Jesus is always present with me. This story is pre-Holy Spirit indwelling the disciples at Pentecost. We never have a time as followers of Jesus in which he isn’t present.
And so if we are feeling a lack of his presence and reverting back to former ways, it is we who have moved, and not him…
The joy, however, of Jesus appearing to them was uncontainable. Peter jumped out of the boat and into the water. Why? Because the presence of the Lord in their lives gave them meaning and purpose and joy. The presence of Jesus was transformative in their lives.
We have Jesus every day. We are able to live in transformation all the time. And so often (to weave Romans 12:1-2 into this) we conform to old and worldly ways instead of being transformed by the renewing force of God.
Live in the presence of God.
Live in transformation.
Jump out of your boat.