Last night in the Silicon Valley, the nets filled to overflowing with souls seeking Christ. Now we are adding another service at Star of David Church tomorrow night. Here is part 2 of a message that came out of this visitation of God.
John 21:3 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. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
6 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.
7 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.
Jesus asks a question that should burn in the heart of every preacher today: “Have you caught any fish?” For Peter that question was explosive. He had met Christ after a night just like this, a night where he caught no fish.
This simple command that came next will save us now. It will save us from losing our nation. It will save us from wasting our life. Jesus said; “Throw the net on the right side.”
He is the Lord of the harvest! Thousands of pastors and churches in America need to be awakened to this truth. I am warning you that God is issuing a warning and a deadline to the American church. We must throw the net where, when and how God tells us.
Tragically we have become Oscar winning actors at net throwing. A breathtaking denial hangs like a shroud over a vast number of churches. We have glorified the act of tossing a net. We have celebrated the skill of tossing out information and programs and then blithely ignore the fact that there are no fish in the nets. We are distracting millions of Christians away from our flat lining birth rate.
As I said before we do not have to die this way! He is the Lord of the Harvest! What baffles us does not faze God. People groups that we believe are unreachable can be deeply influenced by the Holy Spirit. We cannot offer God the excuse that the Silicon Valley or any other enclave of secular progressives is too hard or too sophisticated for Christ.
The granddaddy sin of the American Church is…wresting away from the Holy Spirit the chief responsibility for leading our fishing. Jesus gave Him that job. Jesus imparted all He had to the Holy Spirit.
We were never supposed to overrule the impulses He infuses in us; we were never supposed to figure out how to be relevant to a culture. We were supposed to surrender through prayer and expect step by step instructions.
To be sure, those instructions will often go against the grain of our logic and even our dignity. There is a towering reason that we are so deeply stung when the Spirit moves. Let me explain:
Removing the Holy Spirit as General, CEO and director of the harvest is our greatest sin…but it is another sin that feeds that sin… WE VIOLENTLY DISAGREE WITH JESUS ABOUT THE HARVEST ITSELF!!
He believes that the fields are ripe for the Gospel and we believe that few if any want the message of Christ. That colossal disagreement is why we do what we do and we keep doing what we do.
Peter seemed to spend a lifetime disagreeing with Jesus about fish. Jesus kept correcting Peter with object lessons that proved there were mountains of fish. He even once had Peter pull tax money out a fish’s mouth.
If we do not change our ways our nation is lost. There is no version of this current Church growth movement that will save us. None of it ends in revival or restoring us to one nation under God.
If we could but drop our defenses against Christ and the Holy Spirit and wait for divine directives our nets will fill with fish and our nation will honor righteousness again.