Text: Luke 5:1–11 (HCSB)
“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (HCSB)
Intro: Do you ever get frustrated? You do something that seems to have no results whatever. You begin to wonder, “Why bother?”
You take a stand in your world, and it has no effect.
You seek to win others to Christ and have no success.
You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change.
You spend a lot of time and effort seeking to help someone who peters out or turns against you.
You do good to someone, and there is no return.
You minister faithfully, but it appears there are no results.
You strive to keep a testimony before an unsaved mate who only grows more difficult as time goes by.
You begin to wonder - Why bother?
"And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net."
Truly this is an example that Enlightens Us: Peter (and others) were doing what they knew to do They had fished all night without results, Christ now tells them to fish where they know there are no Fish, Peter expresses it: Why bother? Peter’s next words explain it all - "Nevertheless at thy word" (v. 5 KJV) Peter does the pointless because Christ told him to do it. What might be pointless to us God can return ten fold. So we should bother with the little things and the things we think go on noticed because God Knows! Isn’t that all that is important? SO WE SHOULD BOTHER! And not allow reluctance to pollute the mind.
1. Reluctance: "Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord." Romans 12:11 (HCSB)
There needs to be a removal of reluctant obedience. As soon as Jesus finished His preaching, He decided to win Peter's loyalty and discipleship. But first, He had to humble Peter. He had to show Peter that He, the Messiah, could look after and take care of him. He told Peter to put out to sea and fish. Peter objected because he had fished all night and had caught nothing. However, he stopped right in the middle of his objection and obeyed Jesus.
Peter was reluctant to obey Jesus. He objected to what Jesus asked. He was thoroughly exhausted, for he had "toiled all night." He was disappointed, for he had caught nothing, and he had worked enough hours already. Despite needing to be home in bed, he had stayed and helped the Lord in His preaching by loaning his boat to Him. Have you ever been exhausted and toiled all night and over and over in your mind you kept thinking why bother who really cares no one understands! Have you ever been disappointed because you were unable to get anything done or see any results from something you were doing? And over and over in your mind you kept thinking why bother who really cares no one understands!
The book of Hebrews reminds us not to give up, not to become lazy, your faith and perseverance will pay off, there is a residual effect!
"So that you won’t become lazy, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance." Hebrews 6:12 (HCSB)
If there is a removal of reluctance in ones behavior the spirit can be freed to follow God through an act of obedience.
2. Obedience: Reluctance should always give into obedience. We need the spirit that will try for God, no matter what the obstacles or how hopeless a situation may seem. When a person is drawn to Christ, they desperately need to obey their heart and to obey it immediately. Peter was drawn somewhat to follow Jesus. Therefore, when he began to object to Jesus' will, there was a prick of conscience, and he obeyed his conscience. He followed his heart...
. not his mind, thinking there were no fish.
. not his experience, having already tried and failed to catch fish.
. not his body, being too tired and exhausted, just incapable of going on.
Peter caught himself in the middle of his objection and obeyed. What caused the switch, the change from reluctance to willing obedience? Peter was pretty well convinced that Jesus was who He claimed to be, the Messiah and was drawn somewhat to follow Jesus.
What about you? Who is in control of your mind and next action? Are you drawn to follow Christ? There are consequences that challenge us. The disciples received a supernatural return, it came after a long time of action: "So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up." Galatians 6:9 (HCSB)
Conclusion: When the motivations of hearts are revealed, each will receive praise from God. Even if there is never a reward, there will be praise from Him because we have done what was right because it was right. Why bother? Because He said so! There will either be a harvest - possibly after a long time - or there will be praise in eternity. Sometimes the repayment is postponed: "Therefore don’t judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God." 1 Corinthians 4:5 (HCSB)
Sometimes we just need to be reminded to hang in there! And be patient "Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (HCSB)
It is not in vain so please bother! Quit being so reluctant and obey for there is no other way to be happy.
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