Launch––or fail to launch
By Mark Lubbock
“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.”
Each generation faces its own “unprecedented times.”
A quick review of history will provide ample confirmation that all people journey thru unchartered waters. Terrifying world events, illnesses, accidents, personal trials, and unwarranted challenges characterize the lives of all humans.
While God allows these events to unfold, He is eager to lead us through the valley onto the mountain top. Those who turn from their own ways to His way relish the peak experience.
Then––life continues with more challenges.
However, with each new season and each new confrontation, there is an increased willingness to trust in Jesus, resulting in personal testimonies of victory.
A question to myself (and perhaps to you)) is simply this: Am I ready to launch in response to the invitation of Jesus?
Like Peter, I’ve had some unsuccessful fishing excursions, and I’m reluctant to repeat ineffective actions, but Jesus tells me to launch again.
Luke tells us that Peter obeyed, even when an entire night of frustration told him the action was doomed to fail. His obedience resulted in the largest catch in his life.
What is holding you and me back from launching or relaunching our ministries to men?
We are not limited to serving inside the walls of the church. We are called to serve where we are planted. God made us “on purpose––for a purpose.”
It is time to stand for Jesus within our families, our churches and our neighborhoods.
Don’t let this opportunity to launch a new chapter in your life pass you by. Yoke up with other like-minded men who put Jesus first and who have the courage to launch.
The commission can provide you with resources, train you, and guide you all the way.
Mark Lubbock, deployed staff member
General Commission on UM Men