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Daily Reading: 8th April 2016

John 21.10-11

10 Jesus said (says) to them: “Now bring some of the fish that you caught”.

11 Simon Peter went on up (on to the boat) and dragged the net onto the land. It was full of large fish, one hundred and fifty three. Though there were so many the net was not torn. 

Jesus instructed the disciples to bring to Him some of the fish that the disciples had caught. These were a part of the catch that Jesus had already given to them by telling them to throw their net out onto the right-hand side of the boat.

What Jesus was telling them was to bring to Him a part of what He had already given to them.

This is true with our own giving to Jesus. Whatever we tithe, or give to Him it is a small part of what He has already given to us. Everything we have comes from Him in the first place, be it a lot or be it a little.

Many will say that they have worked hard to accumulate their wealth. This may be true, but the reality is that it is Jesus who gives us the talents to gain things; it is Jesus who creates the right circumstances in which our talents, or gifting can thrive.

Therefore, what we offer to Him in our tithing and giving is only a small part of the total amount of what He has bestowed upon us.

Jesus asked only for some of the catch that He had miraculously provided for them, and He only asks for some of all that He has given to us.

Earlier in His ministry Jesus had said:

38 “You must give and it will be given to you, a good measure, running over, that has been pressed and shaken down will be given into your lap. For the same measure that you use will be used to measure again to you” – Luke 6.38.

Whatever talents, wealth, or gifting we may have all come from our Heavenly Father, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift.

It is often said that unbelievers who are very talented in certain areas would be a great asset in the Kingdom of God. There may be some truth in this; however, by saying this it is seeking their salvation for the wrong reason. There is the real danger of placing a person’s talents above their salvation; there is the danger of valuing their gifting higher than their actual being.

It also misses the point that the reason anyone is talented or gifted is because God has bestowed their gifting upon them.

Jesus went to the cross to save souls.

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