Serving breakfast to a group of friends who recently abandoned you isn’t easy.
After enduring the most traumatic, physically grueling, and emotionally draining experience of your life, climbing into bed and curling up in a cocoon of soft blankets might offer comfort. Or perhaps a hot bath while listening to some relaxing music. Maybe even resting in a comfortable lounge chair in a lush and fragrant garden.
Jesus chose the more difficult response one morning after His resurrection when He met seven of His disciples along the shore of the Sea of Tiberias. Having gone through the most agonizing—and victorious—event in history, His words to them were not, “Why have you gone back to your old way of life?” or “Why did you forsake Me?” Instead, He asked, “Children, do you have any fish?” A question asked not out of concern for His own hunger, but for theirs.
“No,” they replied.
He instructed them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. As they fished, He prepared breakfast for them. After the disciples hauled in their large catch of fish, Jesus offered a loving invitation: “Come and have breakfast.”
Jesus had just secured the matchless gift of eternal life, yet here He serves again by meeting the disciples’ temporal needs, just as He meets all of our needs—spiritual, emotional, and physical.
As followers of Christ, we’re called to serve and “feed His lambs.” People around us are starving for love, encouragement, peace, and truth.
Reach out today and say “Come and have breakfast.”
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