John 21:1-14 – Be Filled

Read John 21:1-14

That was something. Imagine breakfast prepared for you by Jesus himself. The disciple Jesus loved had recognized it was the Lord even while they were out in the boat. Yet when they were all face to face, the text says, “None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” Why would it say that?

It’s one of those details I suppose that can keep us from seeing into the depth of the passage. Our vision is often clouded when we focus on things that don’t matter. Suffice it to say, the risen Jesus had a different appearance than before. Jesus’ love for them and for humanity did not change.

Peter was sure gung ho to get to shore to see Jesus when he found out who had been calling out to them. I suppose since Peter had openly denied Jesus three times the night of Jesus’ arrest, he was still dealing with some unresolved guilt. I would be. Sometimes we tend to hold on to things we can not change longer than we should.

What happens to us when we walk around with unresolved issues? There is a nagging sensation. There is a feeling of unrest. We want to do what we can to either solve or fix the problem or avoid it altogether. Peter wants the former.

Peter wants to take advantage of every opportunity he has to spend with Jesus. He is getting a second chance, he will not take Jesus for granted this time. We do that, too, don’t we? We know Jesus is there, and sometimes we go about our business without giving him a thought. I don’t think I’m the only one. So much more freeing when you can keep Jesus close through out the day.

I must say that since making an intentional time each day to spend with Jesus, he is definitely more in the forefront of my mind. That’s a good thing. A very good thing. People who are able to spend time with Jesus on a regular basis will be much more prepared when bumps in the road appear.

How about you? Are you making time each day to be filled with Jesus? He may not have put out a breakfast spread for you this morning, but he stands by ready to serve you, to be your friend. In turn, we need to be ready and prepared to serve others. It’s hard for us to serve or even see where needs are when we aren’t filled ourselves.

Take time today and spend it with Jesus. Ask him to fill you and renew you.

Let’s pray. Lord, I thank you for appearing in my life and rescuing me from a bad situation all those years ago. I know it was you, and you have been directing my paths to this very moment. I’m feeling a little defeated today and ask you to fill me back up. Refresh and renew me so I’ll be ready to serve you with my whole heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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