Want Things to Change?
Let Jesus Get In It!
2015 Frieda P. Smith
For those of us with dreams and visions and ideas and hopes, one of our greatest challenges to overcome is the spirit of frustration and a sense of hopelessness.
In the 5th chapter of the Gospel according to Luke, there was a young man named Simon Peter, who was living an ordinary life as a fisherman. On the night before he met Jesus, I am sure it began like every night before. Simon Peter woke up, got up, washed his face and brushed his teeth, put on his clothes and made his way to his boat that was moored on the shores of his favorite fishing spot—the Lake of Gennesaret—where he and his friends, James and John, would drop their nets and begin their shift as fishermen.
According to verse 5, these three men had been fishing all night long. It was not a recreational fishing trip; Peter reported later to Jesus, “We toiled all night…”
To toil means “to work extremely hard; non-stop”. If a job requires toiling, it implies that the job is difficult. In other words, Peter and his friends were having a hard time.
There are those reading this message right now who knows what it is like to toil. Nothing you do is easy. You may have the easiest job in the world, but it is a struggle because you have to deal with people with funky attitudes. Someone else has to toil because you work non-stop without a break. A lunch hour? What is that? You have not been home in time for dinner in years.
You know what it is like to toil! Just like Simon Peter, you are having a difficult time. However, I have good news for you. Peter’s day began as an ordinary day, but things changed very quickly.
And likewise, it does not matter how your day begins. It does not matter how long you have been struggling and toiling, trying to survive. When Jesus gets in it, things begin to change!
Luke 5:1-3 reads, “So it was, as the multitude pressed about him to hear the word of God, that he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, (2) and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fisherman had gone from them and were washing their nets. (3) then He (Jesus) got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s…”
According to the text, Jesus had been standing on the shore of the lake, preaching the word of God, at which time He saw two boats. The Bible tells in in Luke 5:2 that the fishermen had gone from them to wash their nets.
There is no indication in text that Simon Peter, James, and John were there to hear Jesus preach. Their primary reason for being there was to fish.
Yet, while they were washing their nets, Jesus got into Simon’s boat, and although Simon did not realize it at that moment, his entire life was about to change just because Jesus got in it!
What I love about this passage is that Jesus did not even wait for an invitation from Peter. Luke 5:3 reads, “Then He (Jesus) got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s…”
You see, Peter did not invite Jesus into his boat. Peter was handling his vocational business—he and his friends were washing their nets; yet, while they were doing what they thought they had to do in order to survive, they looked up and discovered that Jesus got in it and changed everything!
If there is one thing I love about Jesus, it is His wonderful habit of getting in the midst of a situation and turning things around, with or without an invitation!
My friends, things can change immediately when Jesus gets in a situation! Our problem is we have a habit of inviting people in—our family members, our friends, our therapists and psychiatrists—people who will listen but cannot bring a lasting change to a situation. They mean well, but no one can fix a situation like Jesus can!
If we would get honest, we can all look back over our lives and admit we have spent countless hours talking to our friends and family members about situations going on in our lives. We let them in on our secrets and our pain and our concerns, When the conversation was over, we may have felt better, but the problem was still there.
However, when we called on the Name of Jesus–when Jesus got in it–things began to change! Therefore, if I were you, I would stop wasting my time with people who cannot bring a lasting change to a situation.
If you really want things to change,
Let Jesus get in it!
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