John 21:6 “Then he said, ‘Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!’ So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.”
The disciples had fished all night with no luck. They’d thrown out their nets and been unsuccessful in catching even the tiniest brim. But why? These were some experienced men of the sea… they were used to pulling in thousands. What could have possibly caused this lack of success?
It was pretty simple. The net was on the wrong side.
Sometimes we fish for things with our nets on the wrong side, too.
Some are fishing for the right mate in a sea filled with wrong people. Some are seeking God’s blessing in a life filled with disobedience. Others confess that they want to share their faith, but only hang around other Christians.
Sometimes it requires moving the boat. Most of the time, it’s simply a matter of putting your net on the right side… on the side Jesus instructs us to put it on.
Want a Godly relationship? Cast your net among those that honor God with their lives. Christ tells us in His word that bad company corrupts good character (1 Cor. 15:33). Too many are looking for deep-water fish in canals.
Want God’s blessings? Cast your net into the river of generosity and servanthood. When we give of our time, talent, and resources… God blesses our efforts. Too many are asking God to give His stamp of approval on life plans He had no part in creating.
Want others to know about Christ? Cast your net right where you are. There are plenty excuses to stay silent… dare to be bold… tell others (starting with those that share your last name). You may not have all the answers… and you may not be a Bible expert… but God has done something big in your life. Share it. And if the nets come back empty the first time…don’t quit. Keep casting them out on the right side… and big things will happen.
Ready to go fishing? Cast away!