What Jesus Did! 'What to Do?' — John 21:2-3

Monday, December 24, 2018

Some of the followers were together. They were Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedee, and two other followers. Simon Peter said, "I am going out to fish." The other followers said, "We will go with you." So all the followers went out and got into the boat. They fished that night but caught nothing.
— John 21:2-3 NLT
Illustration of John 21:2-3 NLT — "I am going out to fish."   ——   "We will go with you."

Key Thought

What do you do when you don't know what to do? The disciples weren't really sure what they were supposed to do with the resurrected Jesus. This response was to be expected; after all, none of them had ever had a friend rise from the dead and Jesus hadn't yet told them of their mission. Two things, however, are crucial in their response. First, they hung together. They knew they were bound together by something, and Someone, very significant. So they didn't let go of each other. Second, they stayed in Galilee near the Sea—a familiar place and also the place Jesus told them to go after his resurrection. In other words, when all else fails, and you're not sure what to do, stick with other believers and obey the Lord's clear instructions. Doesn't sound very fancy, but it was the key for the disciples meeting Jesus and being called to the next level of mission with him.

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess that I often want things to be spectacular or exciting or inspiring. Yet I know that so often my sense of your presence and my most effective ministry occurs when I go do the next right thing that I know Jesus wants me to do and I do that with other believers. Give me a heart of obedience and a passion to be with your people. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 14:15-23
  • John 6:61-69
  • John 8:31-32


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.