John 21:5 From Whence Comes Our Product

John 21:5 (KJV)
Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

It’s encouraging to know that Jesus is as interested in our productivity as we could ever be. He does not rebuke them for going fishing. He merely teaches them from whence our meat comes. 

On their own, they took nothing 
They had labored all night in a trade that at least a quarter of them had experience and skill. Yet, they had caught nothing. Skill, experience, long hours, hard work – these are not the answer for meat. 

On His own, Jesus had meat in the fire
God does not need us to produce. Put this thought away from you. It is an evil that will lead to far worse evils. God can do everything.[1]

With God, they caught a multitude of fishes
And lost none of them. God uses us not because He needs us but because we need to be productive. It is for our benefit. 

When we surrender to Him, we will accomplish far more and experience far fewer losses along the way


[1] Job 42:2 (KJV)
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

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John 21:5 From Whence Comes Our Product

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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