How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation. Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 NKJV
This Tuesday, I stopped to see my friend Don and his wife Lorna, who recently been admitted to a nursing home in our area. This facility was new to me, and I have never held any services there, so I brought along copies of our weekly newsletter. ,,, Go to Walking With Lambs to read the rest of the story.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 ESV
Sometimes we talk about our gifts and calling as if they provided exciting experiences that God has prepared exclusively for us. But in fact God’s power has been given to us for others. The book of Acts if filled with stories of doors God opened for the disciples to go and make a difference in the life of all kinds of people.
Peter, John, Stephen and Paul each were sent to make a difference in the lives all kinds different people by the same Holy Spirit. In nursing home ministry we are given the chance to make a difference one life at a time by the power of the love of Jesus Christ!
Who has God given you the awesome chance to go and share that amazing wonderful news of Christ today?
Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. John 21:6 ESV
When I was a teenager om Summer nights some of us would dive into the river from a bridge on a dare. Now we had to be careful which side of the bridge to dive from because one side had deep water and the other did not. It was a terrifying 20 feet to the water but the thrill of surviving the plunge and swimming to the shore was worth it!
As the disciples discovered; just five minutes of fishing with Jesus was better than an entire night without Him! He knew where and when to throw the nets. When we invite Him along on our fishing trip we need to be prepared to cast our nets at unexpected times and places. The momentary fear we will feel when we take the plunge of obedience to share His message will be drowned out by our shouts of joy. Our long night of failure will be ended by a morning of nets bursting with fish and our hearts filled with praise for Him!