To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE FISH!

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 by Brad Sneed, Middle School Pastor

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In 20+ years of student ministry, one thing has always puzzled me….the lost and found after camp, retreat, or mission trips. Why is it that very few students will claim anything that they left?  After one trip, I had a guy student not claim what looked like a new pair of underwear.  I knew they were his but he would not take them. I knew they were his because his name was written on the waistband. Funny thing was even with that, he still would not take them.  I found that the only way to get any of the items claimed, was to make them available to the parents, mainly the moms. The moms would claim what was theirs.  They knew it was theirs (actually their son or daughter’s) even if the name wasn’t on the waistband.

Have you lost anything?  Have you stopped looking?  No, I am not talking about the items in the lost and found at church, although you might want to check that out, as there are many sets of glasses in there.  See Pam James.

Have you lost heart?

I think that the loss of heart has had one of the biggest impacts on Believers today.  We have lost our hearts. We have loss of heart because our lives have become so disconnected from the deepest desires of our heart.  Psalm 37:4 & 5 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” God wants to be the greatest desire of every Christian’s life. If we say that we love Him, then our relationship with Him should have priority over the stuff we own, our jobs and even our relationships.  Some would interpret “desires of your heart” as getting what we want.   In fact, we are sometimes so fixed on the outcome that we take matters into our own hands to give God a hand.  We have the mindset that if anything good is going to happen, I have to make it happen……this is a heart/hope killer.

Context of the scripture reveals the Lord’s principle for cleaning up and focusing our desires.  It calls for us to “delight” in Him. This means that we must take pleasure in discovering more about Him and following His will.  As we seek to discover who He is and what His direction for our life is, the Holy Spirit begins aligning our heart’s desires with His.

When we commit our heart to God, the way we think, live and interact begin to be shaped by Him.  We are changed.  It moves from being about us and what we want to being about Him.  We begin to “delight”, and then we get what we desire. In other words, it’s not about the fish.

Pastor Roberto talked about this Sunday.  Luke 5 says (emphasis mine)“When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to breakSo they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” It started out being about fish but it moved to being about something greater than them, Hope, the fulfillment of their hearts desire.

When we are aligned with His will, our Father wants to give us our heart’s desires—in His time. As we learn to enjoy Him for who He is, our self-focused wants are replaced by His perfect will and purpose for us.

It’s not about the fish.

Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life”

 



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