Hello Hello, Beautiful People! I hope you all are doing well! So this is the last post of this series, and we will be wrapping up on the ONE YEAR anniversary of my blog! To say I am blown away and ecstatic is an understatement. For this week, I am going to be wrapping up with some notes I have from Renown which is the once a week get-together thing the MBSF hosts on Thursday nights and personal testimony. I pray that you all read and as always, please like comment and subscribe! I’d love to hear what you all have to say. With that being said, let’s dive on in!
So the biggest thing that I’ve been wondering is how in the world am I really going to get this all wrapped up and really hit home with this. And I was sitting there listening to the message being spoken and recalling what I read earlier this week and this is what I felt like I needed to say. Let’s take a look at Luke 5: 1-11
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
I know in a lot of cases Peter gets a bad wrap, but he is one of the most relatable people in my opinion. Let’s put this story in a little more perspective: They fished all night long. It is too hot for them to do so in the day so they did it at night. They fished all night long and probably were exhausted when Jesus climbed into the boat to talk to the people, and not only that he asked them to go back out into the deep and try again, I love his response and in Hannah terms, it is this: “Jesus, we are tired. We have heard great things about you, but we haven’t been successful. We have worked all night long, with no success, but since you ask, I will put down the nets.” The humanity of those words is truly shining through. He told God of the Universe his limited understanding and he still obeyed. He didn’t use it as an excuse. And what he got was so many fish the nets began to break. Their partners helped them out and so many fish were caught that both boats began to sink. That is when Peter cried out and said: “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” He felt the weight of his unworthiness, and yet Jesus picked him up and told him, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
Woah I don’t know about you, but I want/do serve a God like that.
And that brings me to my next point: Recently, a lot of people have asked me why I’m so positive all of the time. They ask me why do I do the things that I do. How am I so bubbly all of the time. And the truth is: I am not. I can get grumpy when I haven’t slept a lot or when I am hangry. I get really sad out of the blue for no apparent reason sometimes, yet the reason I am so upbeat is not that I just naturally am, but because I have a genuine, unchanging, unwavering joy in the God that came down to this Earth to save me. Why do I do the things that I do? Because I want to be a fisher of men too, it is what I am called to do, and I am not going to be effective if I judge people or condone them for what they are doing, but rather love on them with all I have. That doesn’t mean that it is easy… just that I know it is right.
You see, God calls us not to sit in a church pew on Sunday mornings, but to fish for men. To look after people, build relationships with them, and to show/point them into the direction of the God that came to save them and all of humanity.
Which brings me to my Renown notes: Brother Rob shared the story of the man in WW2 that saved over 75 lives without ever firing a single shot. The story is here if you want to check it out: https://www.npr.org/2016/11/04/500548745/the-real-hacksaw-ridge-soldier-saved-75-souls-without-ever-carrying-a-gun
He was a Christian who wanted to save lives more than tear them apart. Isn’t that how we should be? Isn’t that what the Gospel preaches? One of Brother Rob and I’s favourite stories is that of one of his preacher friends throwing a birthday party for a prostitute in Hawaii in a bar, for the girl had never had a birthday party. Im going to give the abbreviated version, but the whole thing is just amazing. The place was packed with people deemed unclean from society, and yet there was a party just for her–for them. You best believe Jesus was shining through that man’s life. The bartender ended up asking the preacher after the preacher prayed, “Wait a minute, Are you a preacher? What kind of church do you preach at?”
He said, “I’m the kind of preacher for a church that gives birthday parties to prostitutes at three in the morning.”
The Bartender said, “No you’re not. If you were, I would join a church like that.”
I would join a church like that. People, that is exactly what church is supposed to be like! Jesus went to those that were the lowest of the low and He loved them. He loved them. If we are to truly live like Jesus then we got to start chasing after souls– even if it means running through an open field full of gunfire–even if it means throwing a party for a prostitute at three in the morning because she’s never had one. That is what Jesus would have done.
And that is the God that we serve.
Ladies and Gents, I have had this blog for a year now, and so much has happened, yet the one constant is the same: Jesus is here. He is here now, and he wants to save you. You just have to submit and allow Him complete control. You have to surrender everything to Him. Everything. What you get in return is infinitely more than we could ever imagine. It truly is beautiful. And people, we got to show God this way to people. We have to change our lives to save those around us. We have to take risks and love those around us. It’s what Jesus did. It is what he died for, it is what saved me: His unconditional love. And that people, is amazing.
I hope you all have a fantastic week. I love you all dearly and thank you all so much for reading and undergoing this journey with me!