Jesus, the wing-it gospel and you!
Are you tired of trying?
Please read Luke 5:4-5
Vs. 4 “When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 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.”
There are two nets in your life just like there are two gospels you could follow. One is based on your works and the other is based on listening to Christ.
One gospel is the “we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught a thing” and the other is the “good news” of salvation through Christ!
One is law and regularity the other is Grace and winging-it!
That is what this passage is all about- Christ wasn’t giving fishing advice- He was saying listen to me and don’t rest in the comfort of your own works and knowledge.
Righteousness that comes through the law has a comfort about it. There is safety in saying, “look God I am following the checklist and all those that aren’t are on a bobsled to hell!” But this is a false safety on a good day and absolute misery on a bad day.
Righteousness that comes from the Grace-Full side of the boat is almost always uncomfortable. Its uncomfortable to accept those that most turn their back on, its uncomfortable to not have the law as a checklist but instead be raised to be a Lover, its uncomfortable to have to look at your faults to grow which is what Grace does.
Comfort says “get the boat back on shore, you did your best” Grace says, “listen and let the glory go to God.”
Comfort says “your works” but Grace says, “listen and rest” in the fact that He that began a good work in you will complete it!
The nets on one side of the boat are shallow and only based on your effort- the nets on the other side of the boat are based on letting go of everything you think you will be judged by and learning to Love! This is an education that comes slowly and at times painfully.
The nets on one side of the boat call for you to be like that which was written on a stone and shut out those that aren’t. The nets on the other side of the boat call for you to open yourself to Loving all and accepting all resting in the idea that only He knows the workings of the heart.
Contemplative prayer for today:
“Lord let me listen to you and not rest in my own effort”