I really only remember going fishing once in my life. I honestly don’t have a problem with it in any way, it’s just that we’re not big water bugs. If I can’t see land, touch the bottom, or at least bounce off the bottom of whatever body of water I’m in I panic. And yes, I did take swimming lessons as a child.
Anyway, we went camping just outside of Ohio’s Amish Country for a few days. We stopped in at the camp store and Daddy asked where a good place to go fishing would be. He just wanted us to get the hang of casting and potentially catching a live fish. We had no plans of actually keeping and eating what we caught that day…which turned out to be a huge blessing because we would have starved.
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”
One of the intense fears I’ve had for years is that one day I’d get to the judgement, see Jesus face to face and then realize there was just something that I missed. That somehow even though I tried I just wasn’t good enough. I’d messed up one too many times.
This fear has come and gone over the years, until Sunday when I finally learned the TRUTH to dispel this particular lie forever!
In a sermon discussing multiple reasons why we’d want to follow Jesus the preacher made this comment “If you’re not with Jesus in Eternity it’s because you’ve cast Him out!” He then went on to quote John 6:37 and reiterate the fact that God NEVER CASTS US OUT.
Let me tell you, hearing this gave me so much confidence. When we go fishing and end up throwing the fish back we usually have a reason. Some are too small and don’t offer enough meat, or sometimes we’ve hit our quota and can’t afford to take them without repercussions.
But here’s the thing, there is NO reason why God would ever throw us back. Think you’re too small? Just remember Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), and God doesn’t ever get tired of taking broken things and making them new. He has no quota (Revelation 21:5).
When we come to Jesus we are agreeing to give Him our lives. We deny our desires and take up His. Embracing what He says and following where He leads even when it seems hard.
We’re going to mess up, we’re never going to have every inch of our lives together. We’re never going to do every single thing right. But that’s where grace comes in. Where we are weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Grace isn’t a one size fits most kind of thing. It’s a One size fits ALL (Romans 6:9a).
When Jesus casts His line He isn’t afraid of what He’ll find on the other end. Whatever is on the other end He loves deeply and knows that no matter what shape it’s in He can still use it. He doesn’t fish with the intent of throwing back the small or the weak ones. He fishes for keeps–both the big and strong and the small and the weak.
Until next time,