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.” Luke 5:5 (NIV)
You’re tired and worn out. I can see that. You have worked long and hard, that’s for sure. Do you want to take a break and rest for a while? Yes, you’ve got that right. What if it’s not time to rest? What if it’s time to get up and move forward? Will you obey me? Is there a battle going on in your mind? Are you telling yourself that because you’ve worked so hard you deserve a break and time to rest, even relax? Yes, I am.
Do I never let you rest? Do I always ask you to move forward when you are weary and worn out? No, not usually, hardly ever in fact. But, now is different isn’t it? Yes, it is. I know how hard you have worked and I’m asking you to not let up. Now is not the time to rest and relax. Now is the time to get up and move forward. Will you obey me now?
Yes, Lord I will obey you now. What is it that you want me to do? I want you to continue to do the work that I have already given you to do. Dig deeper, work harder, apply yourself fully to the ministry that I have given you to do for me.
Do not think that I will leave you weary and worn out. I will refresh and revive you as you follow and obey me. My power and strength will be with you. My hand will rest on you. You will have my favor with you. I will pour out my Spirit on you. You will be filled to overflowing with my Spirit. You will live the life that I have given you to live for me. I will accomplish my purposes and plan in and through your life.
As you follow and obey me you will bear abundant fruit for my kingdom and glory. You will be a witness and shine brightly for me. Others will be drawn to me through your life.
So, keep moving forward with me. Do not shrink back. Do not give yourself what you think you deserve. I have far more for you than that. Let me use you according to my purposes and plans. Follow me now. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I have worked hard. I am worn out. Are you sure that it is not time for me to take a rest? My efforts have not born fruit. Nevertheless, I will move forward with you and do all that you ask of me. Help me bear fruit for you. Amen
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