Rev. Fr. (Dr) Anthony Mario Ozele, PhD
MORNING OF SURRENDER
I can imagine Simon Peter and his partners were ready to call it a day. They had fished all night long and had caught not so much as a single little fish. They are tired, frustrated, discouraged, and defeated. The last thing any of them wants to do is go back out and fish some more. Yet, when Jesus tells Peter to do just that, he surrenders to the will of the Lord and goes out to fish. When they let down their nets this time, they caught so many fish that their net broke and they had to call their partners to help them get the catch loaded into the boats
What made the difference? Obedience to Jesus, even when Peter did not want to do what the Lord asked him to do! Friends, there are times when the Lord asks us to do certain things that we may not want to do, however, we must come to the same place Peter came. We need to decide that regardless of how we feel about a certain matter, if the Lord has commanded it, then we will do it!
Some people say, “If your heart isn’t in it, then you might as well not do it!” That is wrong thinking! You cannot trust your heart, Jeremiah 17:9! God will reward our obedience if we will go ahead and do what He has told us to do. When we obey in spite of our own objections, the heart will eventually follow our lead.
Ideally, we should serve the Lord from the heart, Ephesians 6:6. However, when the heart will not cooperate, we should mind God anyway! Imagine what would have happened had Saul simply minded the Lord instead of listening to his heart, 1 Samuel 15; 2 Samuel 1! Imagine what would have happened had David minded God instead of listening to his heart, 2 Samuel 11.
There are many areas of our lives where the Lord requires obedience from His children. Often, we do not want to surrender in these areas, but if we are going to be right with the Lord, then we have to do what Peter did and let down our nets. If we want the blessing of God, then we must do the will of God!
FAITH CAN BRING THE UNEXPECTED MIRACLE
Simon launched out. In all likelihood, he moved with casualness, not greatly excited, but willing to obey the Master. Then, Peter lowered his nets.
Fish! Simon felt the tug of the net. His helpers took a firmer grip and they pulled together. More fish! So many fish that Simon called for help! Two boatloads of fish!
Because obedience ruled the day, they witnessed the immediate reward of a vast catch of fish. Beyond that, this miracle brought these fishermen to their knees in worship of the Person and Power of the Christ. When they submitted to Him, He revealed to them that all of their tomorrows would be different because of their obedience of today. When they heard this, they immediately left everything behind and followed the Lord Jesus. Surely, we can see that their lives were forever altered.
This is a lesson that we all need to learn today. The secret to perpetual and deep satisfaction as a child of God is found in absolute surrender to the will of the Lord in every area of life, John 14:15, 21. Ours is the responsibility of launching out; moving out into the deep; doing what the Master commands. No excuse, but action-that is what we need in today’s world! As long as we hold anything back from His Lordship, we can never expect Him to bless us like He wants to.
If you would like to see, all of your tomorrows altered and your life filled with the best that God can give, then the secret lies in total surrender of everything in your life to His will!