Pulling Nets: Empty or Full

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. (Jn. 21:3-6)

Jesus let the disciples fish all night and catch nothing. Then He says, “Oh, put your net in there on the right side of the boat.” and their nets were full, almost more than they could pull in… Sometimes we fish all night and catch nothing; sometimes Jesus is on the shore giving us a harvest… I learned that I can enjoy fishing all night and catching nothing as much as pulling in a harvest because my task  as a follower of Jesus is just casting nets and pulling them in, empty or full.

If you are sharing the gospel but continually pulling in empty nets, then be encouraged; You are just like the disciples and just like me. Jesus grants the harvest, not your effort, method, language ability, evangelism tool, eloquent speech, Bible degree, or job title…