Have you ever put your all into an assignment that was connected to your purpose? Or, how about a time where you worked tirelessly on a project that you were extremely passionate about? Now, imagine going full out on this desire only to meet a dead end. After months or even years of hard work, dedication, pursuit, and consistency, it all seems as if it were for nothing. It appears as if your hard work went unnoticed and your efforts yielded no results.
Many of us today experience this same dilemma. We may start an assignment with full passion, and somewhere along the course of our pursuit it leaves us feeling discouraged, drained and doubting whether, or not, we’re called or even cut out for the position.
Just like millions of others, I felt the same way concerning Rise Ministry. There were many times where I would question if my efforts, sowing, planting, hard work, and pursuit were a waste of time. It seemed as if my prayers were unheard, my fasting was unnoticed and me pouring into others were a waste of time. This left me frustrated, confused, drained, and doubtful. Through it all, nothing inside of me would allow this passion to die. No matter how many dead ends I faced, my determination to knock walls down intensified.
With my personal experience like millions, I'm reminded of key elements from a passage in John 21. These key examples from scripture will encourage and reposition anyone who’s striving to walk in purpose or pursuing their passion.
The scripture in reference is from a time when Jesus visited His disciples after His resurrection. During this visitation, the disciples were working tirelessly in pursuit of catching fish. These disciples were formerly expert fishermen which meant they were skilled and fully knowledgeable at fishing. However, after hours of endless labor, they grew fatigued and discouraged. At the peak of the disciples’ efforts, unbeknownst to them, Jesus appeared on the scene. While His disciples were working in their passion, Jesus stood by the sea sore, examined them and gave them strategy. While the men were fishing, Jesus asked if they were able to catch fish, they admittedly replied no. Therefore, Jesus told them to cast their net on the right side of their boats. Jesus' simple but impactful direction availed the disciples to a surplus to fish. Surprisingly, although there was a surplus of massive fish, their net did not break.
But don’t quit
While examining the disciples' efforts, we can stand to learn a few things when it comes to pursuing our passion. The first is consistency. There will be many times where you’ll be giving your all into an assignment, at times, you may feel alone, frustrated and may even want to give up. However, it’s not in your blood to quit. Like the disciples, you’ll dig deep within yourself, and spend day and night trying to accomplish this passion. You may even get it frustrated, but you’ll get up again. Your drive is what produces your consistency. And your consistency is what avails you to strategy. And strategy, is what leads me to my next point.
He's seen your consistency
One of my favorite verses in John 21 is verse 4 “But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus." These men were working nonstop. They were dedicated, persistent and never gave up. While they were attempting to gain fish, Jesus was observing them. He watched and waited, He saw their efforts, their hard work and even saw their failures. Those moments where it feels as if you have no help and no one notices your hard work, Jesus is watching your consistency. The Lord watches your consistency to give you a strategy.
However, when most are stuck in this predicament, they can’t see past what appears to be failures. Well, if you fall into the same boat, listen; you're not out of alignment with God. No, you did not move ahead of God. Yes, you are in your correct field of purpose, and your help is coming. Jesus did not forget about you, and He is not blinded by your efforts. He heard your prayers and has acknowledged your fasting. The Lord sees you and is preparing to give you a strategy, one that will blow your mind. Use this example from the disciples. It only takes one adjustment in your positioning to bring you a breakthrough. Your repositioning, like the disciples, will avail you a surplus of more than you can imagine. Simply reposition yourself and cast your net to the right side of your boat.
Get ready, Get Ready
Get ready I say, because you dug deep within yourself and mustered up the last bit of your strength to keep on pushing towards your purpose, Jesus is finishing what you started. He has watched your sweat equity, gave you strategy and now your cup is overflowing. You are full of God's harvest, but you're not consumed. What God has for you is more than you can ever imagine. In your due time, you will reap a bountiful harvest, you will have the support you need, and the people you are to reach will come by the droves. When it happens, get ready because you have the capacity, and your net will not break!
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