A servant’s heart…

John 21: 1-14

After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”

They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”

They answered Him, “No.”

And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.  But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish.  Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.

This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

 “I am going fishing.”   A return to the old, familiar way.  We get tired of waiting for what we don’t know and we return to the old ways.  Then Jesus appears…  after a  night of nothing…  and he directs them to plenty.  The point is taken, without him we can do nothing.  With him, following his direction, we receive blessing.  “No one dared ask ‘who are you'” implies it was not obviously apparent who he was but for the miracle of the catch; they knew it was the Lord.  And once again he serves them…

Do we possess the servant’s heart or do we seek a ‘fix-it’ God?  When do we turn to the Lord, seek him?  When we are in distress, or have a need, or for someone else’s need?  Do we seek His will to know what He desires or to seek only a personal knowledge?  The servant with a servant’s heart, desires what the Lord desires.  They move as one.  We wish to know the will of God for more than how we should live…it is to know how we should serve.  What is his desire?  The question highlights a subtle difference between what is your will and what is your desire?  Let us move as one with Him.  What is His desire?