Luke 5: 6 – 9 HCSB
When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took
I remember just a couple of months ago, praying to God and asking Him what to do with my blog.
I had a few internal struggles.
I knew I wanted to monetize it in the long run as it was meant to be my main source of income, but I also knew that He wanted me to share His word – seriously share His word. For a while I hesitated, afraid of what may or may not come from it. I’ve jumped into several different leadership roles before and it exhausted me. Granted, I’m a natural born leader, I also learned I couldn’t do it on my own and trying to monetize a blog and run a business eventually puts you on a leadership role whether you like it or not.
I also questioned whether or not it was ‘ok’ to integrate my faith into what I did. As in, truly share my faith and integrate it into branding and social media strategy. I wasn’t sure if doing so would prevent me from running a successful business. I questioned how I was going to effectively serve people and how to approach my products and services.
But the past year that I took a break from leadership, God’s really been revealing certain things in my heart. One which is this:
Your passions and gifts are engraved in you on purpose.
He intended to create you in that way. They’re not meant to be suppressed or avoided. In fact, He already knew what your function was suppose to be in the body of Christ before He created you. But the fruit of that anointing also has to come with God and His timing.
When Peter went in God’s timing, not only did they catch a great number of fish, but they had an abundance of fish that they had to ask for help! See, Peter was already a fisherman before Jesus came. He already knew what his gift was and he operated in that gifting to put food on his family’s table. We can relate to this nowadays as we need to make income to provide for our family, right?
It wasn’t a bad thing, it was a good thing that he knew his gift. But operating in his gifting without allowing God to work in him and through him led him to a wall. His capacity was limited when he worked by himself. But the moment he invited God and obeyed him, there was a surplus of blessings.The moment he invited God and obeyed him, there was a surplus of blessings. Click To Tweet
This is another important aspect of this story. Not only did Peter receive God’s blessings, but he even asked others to come and help. This gave him an opportunity to be blessed and bless others with what God had given him.
Often times, as business owners, when we see that other people are doing the same thing as us, it discourages us. But guys, I want to emphasize: there’s enough fish for everyone! There’s a lot of work to be done, and surely, if you’re willing to invite God into your daily life, He will bless you with so much that you can’t handle it. When this happens, we have to be aware that God didn’t bless us with so much for us to keep to ourselves; He blessed us so we can bless others with it as well. The very thing you’re praying for could be the very thing that you can bless others with when you receive it.The very thing you’re praying for could be the very thing that you can bless others with when you… Click To Tweet
To take it a step further, it says here “So they signaled to their partners”. Whoa, partners? Isn’t that awesome. Their perspective in the people that do the exact same thing as them is that they were partners, not competitors. Too often, it’s easy to see the people that do the same thing as us competitors. Their businesses are similar to ours so we get into this protective mindset. But this passage shows us that they partnered together and it was actually because they partnered with each other that they were more successful.They partnered together and it was actually because they partnered with each other that they were… Click To Tweet
“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took”
Can I just say kudos to Peter for being so so so humbling? I mean, how beautiful of a picture is this! He literally fell at Jesus knees. He admitted how sinful he has been but he acknowledged God’s sovereignty even more! The blessings he received amazed him so much because he knew he didn’t deserve it but he also saw that him not deserving it DOES NOT stop God from blessing him and loving him. Therefore, he gave ALL glory back to Jesus. How amazing is this?
Guys, this verse just totally challenges me. It makes me think.. Man, when I receive blessings and praise do I take it as my own doing or do I praise the source? Do I give myself a pat in the back and say, “Well done Sarah!” or do I say, “God you’re amazing!”? Do I let others praise me and bask in their praise or do I say, “Thanks, it’s all because of God!” Sometimes it’s easy to let others’ praise us because it feels good. It boosts our ego, but let’s not forget that it wasn’t because of our work that we received them. It was simply because of God’s grace and mercy.
So let’s be honest, we’re simply vessels.
And it’s this very idea that I had missing in my past. Yes, I have leadership qualities, but the truth of the matter is that was simply a gift. The real leader will always and forever be God. Even Jesus led by serving. So when we forget that though He’s given us gifts, we’re really meant to lead by following Jesus, we get exhausted. It’s not bad to acknowledge that you’re a leader. We’re all leaders in some area of our life. But we’re not THEE leader. Jesus is the leader, so don’t be afraid to follow first.
As I continued to follow God step by step in His leading, I started to realize that He was showing me so many different needs that I didn’t see before. I didn’t have my products or services crystal clear when I first started, but the more I followed Him even when I felt like I was walking blindly in faith, the more He showed me who needs what. But here’s the catch, I had to let Him show me who I really was first. He humbled me before He started showing me the way.
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