You Lend Him Your Boat, He’ll Fill It With Fish

There’s nothing that we as children of God do for Him  that He will not repay back and do so abundantly. God will never allow Himself to be indebted to any of us. Jesus said: “Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”(Luk. 6:38). Now, when He says “Give”,  He doesn’t necessarily refer to money only, but also compassion, time, etc. We must also understand that this promise He made is dependent upon our rendering complete obedience to Him in all other areas of our life, and not just the paying of our tithe or being charitable towards others. And when I say ‘complete obedience’  I’m talking not so much about a flawless performance in our walk with Him for such is impossible, but rather a sincere desire in doing our best to be in the center of His will for our lives. He can work with anyone who sincerely desires to please Him.

Going back to the subject of God rewarding our giving…. Let’s look at one instance of many where He does just that, and we find it in Luk. 5:1-11. He was preaching by the Lake of Gennesaret. Many, many people came to hear Him to where He was thronged by them, so He asked Peter if He could borrow His boat, to use as a ‘pulpit’ and preach out of, so He could continue His message. Needless to say Peter gladly consented. After He finished His sermon, He told Peter:  “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch”  (v.4).  He was going to pay him for the use of his boat. God will owe no man anything! A cup of water if we give to one of His children, He promised not to go unrewarded! Reluctantly, Peter agreed. I said reluctantly for he was tired, having spent all of the previous night trying to catch some fish with no success and wouldn’t have tried it again that day for anyone, but this was the Lord who asked Him to do it, so he complied. No sooner had he let down the nets that he caught so much fish the nets began to brake. For you see, the same Jesus who commanded the frogs, lice and locust to flood Egypt, commanded the fish to fill up the nets.  And He’s able to command blessings of every stripe to overflow in our lives too, if we’re obedient to Him! So Peter called for help on his fellow fishermen, and they came and filled the boats to where they began to sink. Think about this now! From fishing an entire night and catching nothing, to having his boat and that of his  partners’ sinking for the multitude of fish they caught, and all of this because he lent that little boat to the Man from Galilee to serve as pulpit, so He could finish His sermon.

We cannot outgive God!  You can’t , I can’t, none of us can! You wanna try it, go ahead try it and see for yourself, lend Him your ‘boat’ – give of your time, money, abilities, and do it because you love Him – and He will fill it with ‘fish’!

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