Sawfish

Ecclesiastes 3:9

 9 What do workers gain from their toil?

A fisherman in Florida was just as surprised as anyone after he hooked an 11-foot-long sawfish while angling off a pier in Palm Beach. He was out fishing on the Juno Beach Pier when he snagged something big, though he didn’t know what it was. “It took 45 minutes to get it to the beach when we finally saw that it was a ‘sawfish,” he said. Sawfish, also known as carpenter sharks, have been listed as either endangered or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Once he realized he had reeled in an endangered species, he set out to remove the hook and release it back into the sea — a process that took another 45 minutes.

The 45 minutes of reeling and another 45 minutes of removing the hook and taking “selfie” or video of a huge 11-foot-long sawfish take a lot of effort, patience including thrill. The fisherman’s excitement must have been so great, a feeling of jackpot winner. But after all those efforts, just a memory to brag about the remarkable catch was left. Such is an instance when we laboriously work all our life to achieve something we thought as significant catch but nothing left to gain when the Ultimate Judge decides if our efforts were to be rewarded or forgotten.

Christ declared that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him, and He commanded disciples to make disciples. Making disciples is the most rewarding toil believers should take note. We are reminded in Ephesians 2:10, 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God has prepared in advance the career path we are to take. In everything we do, we are to bear in mind our purpose (making disciple) which is the most significant aspect of our labor. Only disciples who actively get involved in making disciples have personally experienced that making disciples is truly rewarding even here on earth. Christ declares in Luke 11:28, 28 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

 Lord Jesus, grant that I make more disciples

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