Rev 3:15-20 “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
You’re not good, even though you think you are. Jesus is knocking on your door.
God never got sick! But, certain things bothered him, ‘How long do I have to be with these people?’
What makes God ‘sick?’ Are there things in your life that might make Him sick? What are you going to do about getting rid of that?
It was beautiful when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and called His disciples. He walked up to them and asked them to follow Him. At that time, it was a full commitment, meaning that they would copy His very heart. The Call of Jesus Christ caused these men to leave their nets.
Mat 4:18-19 “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
There’s a difference between being called and responding to that call.
Jesus does the calling, you do the coming. It might take some time to get to your calling. The time it takes to get here, stuff needs to take place. You take one step after another. The process includes dropping some stuff. It would be out of order to come without a call. A call gives somebody access and authority to do things they wouldn’t be able to do without God giving them access.
That process changes your life. If it doesn’t change your life, you have not really been answering a call from Jesus. The answer includes dropping some stuff. If you don’t drop some stuff, you can’t truly answer that call.
‘I will abandon it all for the sake of the call.’ This is the cry of the disciple.
The call requires a dropping of the nets, a changing of life.
For instance, a single lady may need to leave the man she can see for the one she can’t see. If you don’t drop some things, you can’t get to your call. The call must include dropping the net.
Peter dropped the net and followed Jesus.
Have you answered Jesus’ call? What have you already dropped? What do you still need to drop? Why haven’t you dropped it yet?
Jesus spent a lot of time on boats. Whose boats were they? Probably Peter’s or James’, isn’t it wonderful that Jesus is willing to help you get rid of those nets?
Peter said he’d follow Jesus and die for Him, but then he denied Him three times. Peter was not totally changed.
After Jesus died, Peter said, ‘I go fishing.’ He picked those nets back up in his discouragement and went back to his past. In fact, he brought others along with him.
Jesus cried from heaven. ‘Turn and repent and come back!’ There was a resurrection coming. If you go too far back, like Judas, it’ll be too late and you’ll miss the glorious resurrection.
If you respond to the call, you have had your life messed up and the Lord is not done with you yet. Don’t forsake that commitment to the call.
Hosea 6:4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.”
It’s so short.
Rev 2:4 “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
What things in your life cause you to turn back to your past? What keeps you from overcoming? How will you let go and allow Jesus to help you overcome and continue in His will and way?
Your life will get crazy and be totally different from the way you used to be. You may still fish, but fishing for men instead of fish. You may be still aggressive, but it will be bold. You will be free to be who you REALLY are. It is a change to be responding to Jesus.
Have you dropped your nets?
Jesus called more than the twelve, the rich, young ruler refused the call of Jesus. You can’t have both the net and the call.
Jesus let Peter fish. He got on his boat and threw out his net and caught nothing for several hours. He probably got frustrated. He knew how to do this, but nothing was happening. In the morning, guess who was on the shore? Jesus was sitting there—eating fish! He said, ‘How’s that working for you? Cast your net on the other side.’ Peter didn’t think it would work, but he did it anyway.
Peter was trying to catch raw fish, but Jesus had cooked fish on the shore.
You can toil all night or surrender and receive fish without a net.
Why do you choose to go your own way rather than Jesus’ way? How can you change?
Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha. Elisha was busy at the time, plowing in a field with oxen. He was working hard. Yet, what he did is what you and I need to do. He took the yoke of oxen and he killed them and burned them with the wood from the yoke.
He couldn’t go back.
Peter went back. He didn’t cut his ties. Jesus knew this and waited on the shore, ‘Your way or My way?’ That was Jesus knocking on the door.
Jesus wants to give you eyes that can see and white raiment. Repent and come back.
Peter understood what it meant to make mistakes and come back to the Lord.
2 Peter 2:20 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.”
It’s too late for you to not know the Lord. You’ve already heard about Jesus. It’s too late to be okay not serving the Lord. You want Jesus to welcome you in, not spit you out. You’ve got to let your net go and serve the Lord. Make up your mind. If you ever leave your first love, Jesus will still stand at the door and knock.
2 Peter 2:21 “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”
It involves surrender, it’s grueling, drop your net. Repent!
You’ve got to be full time, 100%.
You can’t be a Christian on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, but not the rest of the week. It’s a full time thing. Be either hot or cold. Choose!
James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
What ‘nets’ are you still holding onto? Why? Are you 100%? Why or why not? What do you need to change in your way of thinking in order to be 100?
- Call to Seek Him, to be with Him.
- Call to Consecration. That’s dropping your net. Make a commitment for and to the Lord. When you cast your net down and leave it, you will be on a love walk with God. You will feel Jesus’ power and joy and love.
What makes us lukewarm? What makes God sick?
- Fear or doubt, worry, leaving your first love. When you found Jesus, you believed He could do anything. Fear is not of God, perfect love casts out fear! So, why are you doubting God? Because you’ve lost love for Him. The cares of this life are choking out your love for Him. You believed God for anything, but today, you worry about small things.
- Sin. Psalm 44:20-21 “If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretch-out our hands to a strange God. 21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.” Sin causes you to reach for another god. There are many gods in America, self, money, wants, desires. An idol is anything that comes between you and God. Jesus is knocking on your door. Drop that net, let that go. Stop that stuff, because He will get sick! Don’t you think God knows?
- Disappointment, Bitterness, and Jealousy. Heb 12:15 “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” What happened to your fire? Before God spews you out, you have an opportunity to come back. Peter didn’t have sin in his heart, he had bitterness. That anger grows. It’s not worth it. It doesn’t matter what other people do, that’s between them and Him. Focus on yourself.
Jer 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!