One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Today I was at a women’s gathering and we heard from Peter Craig, the executive director for an organization called Moving Works; a non-profit organization that travels the world to make films about Jesus in the hopes that people would have life-altering effects in response to Jesus’ redemptive story. He shared about God’s call to leave the Hollywood life behind but still use his gifts and abilities to glorify Him. What a blessing to hear this man’s testimony and to see how wonderful God’s plans are for our lives. We now get to be a part of God’s story in his life by seeing these movies and seeing how God is moving all over the world. You can see his movies at www.movingworks.org! I’m glad he chose EVERYTHING and left stinky fish behind.
Peter started out with Luke 5:1-11. I’ve heard this passage many times and I’ve heard many more times explanations on it. I, however, had never thought about it in the way he explained it. It went something like this: when you understand who Jesus is and what He has done for you, when you love Him and know that He is everything, nothing else really matters. These guys understood that! They saw and believed who He is. So when Jesus said, “don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” And they left everything behind… They weren’t really leaving much; they were leaving stinky fish to follow EVERYTHING. Because Jesus Christ is our EVERYTHING so anything else falls short and it’s just a bunch of stinky fish. It totally shook me and had me in tears. Everything else is simply stinky fish!
So, a couple of years ago God called us to open this organization (Little Changes International) and to make His name known, to take care of the poor and needy in order to glorify His name, to be the voice of those who are unseen and unheard, and sometimes even untouched. He called us to stand up for justice for his precious children around the world. We are a team of 7 people under 30 years of age. We all have different careers, skills and abilities, but we all have a love of Christ that drives us to love others and make a difference in this world. But I must confess, it is hard, and sometimes I just want to run away and give up. Many times I feel like it is an uphill battle that has no ending. However, I am reminded that even when it feels like we take one step forward and twelve backwards, that He is indeed EVERYTHING and the other things that fight for my attention don’t really matter at all because He is behind us, supporting us and guiding us to glorify His name in all that we do. I am reminded that even when things seem impossible, we serve a mighty God that can do more than we can think or imagine, that He is the creator of the universe and in Him all things are possible. I find hope in that He is in control of it all… yes, He allowed us to partake in His plan but He doesn’t need us. He reminds us that we are here to glorify Him, not to save the world. So when He calls us to leave everything and follow Him, it is as simple as that. Don’t look back just drop everything and go. So if you find yourself caught up today feeling like you just can’t let go of certain things that are holding you from being obedient to God’s call in your life, remember that anything else is just stinky fish because Christ is everything and we will be fully satisfied in Him – NOT in what we do for Him but simply in His gracious love for us. So be encouraged and grab on to Christ for dear life, don’t look to the right or to the left but keep those eyes on Him and He will lead the way.
Stinky fish y’all!
Stephany Moore is the secretary for Little Changes International.