All day today I’ve been thinking about Luke 5, one of the chapters on our Bible Reading Challenge schedule. Those thoughts led me to “4 reasons to do the everyday even when it feels old.” Hang with me for a second.
The chapter begins with Jesus preaching to the people from a boat on the lake. When Jesus finished speaking, he told the fisherman to let their nets down on the other side of the boat. At this moment, Peter told Jesus that they had worked all night and not caught a single fish. But the fishermen did as Jesus instructed.
And wonderfully, miraculously, their nets were filled with fish! So much so, that they had to call another boat to come by their side and help. And even then, the Bible says that the two boats began to sink because there were so many fish.
Two boatloads and more fish where previously there had been none.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to be on the boats and witness that huge miracle? So many fish after not catching even one? I truly believe that God loves to take ordinary people in their everyday roles and do HUGE things for them, with them, and through them. In Jesus’ time, there was no job more ordinary than fishing. And there was nothing more ordinary than cleaning and mending nets.
Best of all, there was nothing more extraordinary than two boatloads of fish in place of … zero.
You know what? God wants us to tend to our boat. What does that mean? God wants us to be prepared for the work He is going to do in our lives. And to be prepared for the work God wants to do, I think we can look at the fisherman for 4 reasons to do the everyday even when it feels old. Not what we want to do. Not what we would love to do. But what God has given us to do- today.
1. Obedience is more important to God than sacrifice.
“…to obey is better than sacrifice…” I Samuel 15:22
2. After we’ve worked all night, we get to see what God wants to do in the morning.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5
3. Doing the everyday tasks God has called us to do builds relationships we need when our fish are delivered.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them… Luke 5:7
4. God wants to astonish us with His work in our lives.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, Eph. 3:20
For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken… Luke 5:9
What keeps you motivated to do the everyday tasks when they seem to be mundane? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!