Well, the New Year has begun and I am sure many are making their resolutions for the New Year. I have a friend who says – I am going to fish more. More power to him.
Of all the activities at Windermere, fishing seems to be one of the favorites every year. You can catch all kinds of fish in our lake here.
As we start 2018, I am reminded of the story in Luke 5:1-11 where Jesus uses a fishing story to share with us how God often overwhelms us with his love.
Jesus was beginning to attract a lot of people while he was around Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats in the water so he floated them a little ways out into the lake. While in the boat he began to teach to the crowds. After he taught, he told Simon to let down his nets. When they did, they caught a huge amount of fish…so much so that the nets began to break. Jesus told the frightened Simon Peter, do not be afraid, from now on I will be making you a fisher of men. I am sure there were stories for years about this fishing trip!
As I read this story, I see several principles for following Christ –
While they had fished all night, Jesus says go out a little deeper in the water and throw out your nets. POINT: Fight the battle where we think we know more than God does.
- We must be willing to obey
Many make the point that the reason Simon hesitated to throw the nests was because he was afraid to fail. POINT: Trust the Lord, make no excuses and leave the results to Him.
- We must be willing to show commitment
As I read the story, Simon lacked a little bit of enthusiasm. Too many times we are looking for the next exciting thing to come along. It is almost like we think to trust God is not enough. POINT: When will we be ready to trust God and Him alone rather than man?
- We must be broken
When Simon goes back to the shore the Bible says he fell on his knees and said I am a sinful man! POINT: When was the last time God so blessed you so that you were embarrassed by your lack of faith?
I am asking all our friends of Windermere to take the month of January to pray for our ministry. Specifically, I am asking to pray in three areas
- Pray that lives will continue to be changed for His glory. We are seeking 1,000 professions of faith this year!
- Pray for financial favor. While we continue to make improvements yet we need more contracts for guest to come to Windermere. We need to grow!
- Pray for the staff and team here at Windermere. Our little team here needs stamina, good attitudes and great faith in our Lord in 2018 and beyond.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.