Why Did Peter Have A Boat To Return To

In John 21:3 Jesus had been crucified,  buried and rose from the dead. And one day Jesus shows up at the sea. We are told Peter was there, Thomas, Nathanael,  the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples. We know from later in the chapter, one of the two others is John.

But notice in verse 3 Peter says he is going fishing. And the other disciples with Peter say they are going to go fishing with him. Question is why did Peter still have his boat, his ship?

If we compare when God told Elijah to get Elisha to replace him, what was Elisha doing?

1 Kings 19:19-21 KJV  “So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
[20] And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
[21] And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.”

Elisha was plowing in the field. His business was centered around his oxen. Notice what Elisha did? Why? Did you ever think about, what Elisha did, meant Elisha had nothing to fall back on? But Peter kept his ship. And after the resurrection,  Peter was going back to “Plan B”?

Notice in John 21:11 – 19 Jesus three times asks Peter if he loves him. If you love me, feed my sheep.

Elisha was all in when he decided to follow God and work with Elijah. Elisha even killed the oxen and fed the people.
But Peter had a ship to go back to. Why?

Sometimes we think I will hang on to this just in case this doesn’t work. We want to hang on to things as a Plan B. Even Paul, a religious guy before God called him. Paul was a Pharisee. When God called Paul, he went all in too. Paul did not hang on to parts of his religion as a matter of fact Paul wrote many, many times on the law justifies no one in God’s eyes. Paul preached and he became a tent maker.

Friends, the things you hope for are only a blueprint. Just like hoping things work out but if not you have a Plan B. It is not until you decide to go all in with God when you will see that faith builds the building. When we first get saved we hope for things. We hope our family gets saved, we hope to work for God. These are blueprints.

But when you decide like Elisha to go all in, there is no turning back. No Plan B. You have to trust God and work with God and that is where you learn faith builds buildings, not hope. You learn no matter what things look like or how you feel, you ARE going to keep moving forward with God, by faith and trusting God’s word.

Until next time.

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