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Escape the Emptiness


What makes the difference between emptiness and overflowing? In my last blog we dove into the Bible story where Jesus  made the fishermen’s nets overflow with fish.

If you missed this blog, READ IT HERE before continuing.

So, how do we receive the blessing of an overflowing, abundant life? The first thing we need to do that Peter and Andrew and James and John did is:

1. I GIVE Jesus complete access to my life.  

I have to give Jesus complete access to my life if I want to turn from emptiness to overflowing.  

Luke 5:3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.

Here’s the starting point. Pretty simple. You’ve got to get Jesus in your boat. That’s the starting point.

This could mean you dedicate your career to God. We’re not talking about salvation here. You have Jesus in your life, but a lot of you don’t have Jesus in your job. You’ve trusted him for salvation and you come on Sunday and you praise God. But when you go back to work during the week you put Jesus on the shelf.  

Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else [not success, not satisfaction, not a salary – seek first the kingdom of God], and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  

Question: Have you committed your boat to Jesus? Some of you are going through tough times right now and you’re trying to change everything else. They didn’t need to change their nets. They didn’t need to change their boat.They didn’t need to change their business partners. They didn’t need to change their location. They didn’t need to change their marriage. They just needed Jesus in charge of the boat.

2. I admit that my efforts aren’t working.

Luke 5:4-5a When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” 5“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing.

Do you realize how hard it was for Peter to say this? Peter is a pro. These guys are not amateurs. They make a living at this. But sometimes even when you’re a pro, you fish all night and you catch nothing.

The truth is they’re doing their best. But sometimes our best is not good enough. Sometimes there are situations that are out of our control. We can’t control the economy. We can’t control the stock market. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control a lot of things in life that will affect our life.  

What do we need to do? We need to first do these two things. We get Jesus in your boat and we admit that our way isn’t working.

3. I OBEY whatever Jesus tells me to do.

I obey whatever Jesus tells me to do.

Luke 5:5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. [We’re empty.  We’ve come up empty.] But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”

Question: What has God told you to do that you’re not doing? Disobedience always hurts you. It doesn’t hurt God. You just missed the blessing. When you do whatever God tells you to do, you say, “because you say so.”  

Obeying Jesus when it doesn’t make sense is the scariest, riskiest, most dangerous thing to do in life. It’s also the most rewarding way to live. Here’s the fourth thing you do.

4. I EXPECT Jesus to turn things around.  

If God tells you to go fishing and then he comes along with you in the boat, and then he points out where to let down your nets, do you think you’re going to come up empty? I don’t think so!

1 Thessalonians (Msg) “The one who calls you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it.”  

If God can control nature like that and obviously he can, he can get you a job. He can get you what you need. He can take care of you. But you’ve got to do it his way. He can do it overnight. He can do it in ten minutes!

Luke 5:6-7  6And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!   7A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

Don’t miss out on God’s blessing in your life.