It seems to me that we don’t get the results Jesus got, or the results His disciples got, because we don’t engage the way they engaged. We don’t believe the way they (eventually) believed. Jesus ALWAYS believed – and He ALWAYS accomplished. For some strange reason, we struggle.
Maybe it’s because we’ve been taught wrong. Pulpits filled with pastors preaching partial truths, devoid of the power of the Holy Spirit, which is actually available to every believer. Jesus wants His people to be FILLED with His Spirit – and was so emphatic about it that not only did He command His followers to WAIT for the PROMISE before they went out, so they could help people WITH the Holy Spirit. They/we were never intended to “minister” or serve other people without the Holy Spirit. But that hasn’t stopped many many Christians from trying. Unfortunately, we all miss out on so much because of it.
We were never intended to “minister” or serve other people without the Holy Spirit. But that hasn’t stopped many many Christians from trying.Tweet
Maybe it isn’t because we’ve been taught wrong, but because we’ve never been taught anything. Maybe we’ve not read the Bible (which will convince you all by itself that the Holy Spirit is still alive, active, and ready to fill you to overflowing), or heard any preaching meant to build faith. But those who followed Jesus back then stayed for many days in prayer and expectation of this promised Holy Spirit.
Know that Jesus Himself, the God-Man, the Son of Almighty God the Father in Heaven, didn’t begin His ministry or do any miracles of any sort until AFTER His baptism in water and with the Holy Spirit. But once He was… it was off to the races! Because people needed Him… and they need you!
I think we can all agree that Jesus got results! During His teaching and mentoring ministry for His disciples, they had come upon a situation they couldn’t address, and Jesus told them why… “your unbelief.” So the antidote to impotence is faith. It is important to note that although they struggled that day, they didn’t struggle afterwards. Every other account is miracle, miracle, miracle.
Often, because we have personal histories full of “proof” against the power of God, we stop trying, instead of digging deep where we would discover some lack of faith, based on poor teaching or poor proximity to the truth. Once realized, it is an easy fix, like it was for the disciples. They needed their faith built. What we’ve been doing isn’t working!
Jesus says, “Cast your net (your catching implement) on the other side of the boat (at the wrong time of day) and you’ll find some (fish).” When we do things differently, we can enjoy different results. The results Jesus intends for us, spiritually, as we fish for people, is MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE COMING TO FAITH IN JESUS!
Don’t overcomplicate it. Let the Word speak the full truth to you and do what Jesus says. You will surely be successful in catching “some.” We all know that people aren’t flocking into churches or into faith or to follow Jesus. This is why we are SENT to GO make disciples, not sit around and wait for them to find you. When we follow Jesus, instead of following our own well-worn patterns, we’ll find ourselves accompanying Him TO people, and winning multitudes.