January 3, 2011


Prepared for the New Year?

CHICKASHA — By Pastor Lynn Walker

The first time Simon Peter met the Lord Jesus, he was on the bank of Lake Gennesaret.  Simon was just plain old Simon the fisherman at the time; not Peter the Apostle, and he was busy washing his nets.  When I first read this, I didn’t see much point in washing something that stayed in the water all the time anyway.  Then I realized that Simon was like me.  He didn’t always catch what he was lookin’ for.  Sometimes I catch “tree” bass, moss, and various other junk that I didn’t catch on purpose.  So did Simon.  So the fishing nets had to be washed out to get rid of all the mud, slime, limbs, rocks, moss, and anything else that hindered the net from doin’ it’s job.  The purpose of a fishing net is to catch fish and anything else in the net causes problems and needs to be washed away.  The fishing net has to be clean and prepared to accomplish it’s purpose.

Sometimes our lives are like those fishing nets.  And just like fishing nets, our lives have to be clean and prepared in order for us to accomplish God’s purpose.  As we start looking ahead toward another New Year, wouldn’t it be a good idea to be clean and prepared to do all the things God has in store for you this year!  We all have things in out life that we need to get rid of don’t we?  Things that have nothing to do with the real purpose of our life.  

Now if you’re not sure what God’s purpose for your life really  is, let me give you a little hint: Love God, Love other folks, and tell everyone you can about Jesus.  Anything in your life that doesn’t help you accomplish this purpose needs to be washed out of your life.  How about a good house cleaning to start the new year??  Take a good look and see what you need to get rid of in your life.  Doubt? Fear? Hatred? Anger?.......SIN!!!  Oh my, how do we get rid of that!!  I can’t help but think of the lyrics to an old Hymn:

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

May sound a little old fashioned but it’s still the only thing that works to clean and prepare your life for service to God.  That’s all it takes.  Confess that old sin and lay all that junk at the foot of the cross, and put your trust in the precious blood of Jesus!!!  What a way to start the New Year!!  Clean and white as other fount I know......nothin’ but the blood of Jesus.  

My prayer for you today is that you will take an honest look at your life and realize what you need to do to really start the New Year off right.  Get clean.  Get prepared.  Get on with the purpose God has intended for you this year.  God took an old fisherman, cleaned him up, and turned him into a fisher of men.  I wonder what he can do with you, hmmm?  Have a blessed New Year......  

~Pastor Lynn

Reference: Luke 5:1-11


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