John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

‘I’m going fishing‘ and the reason for going fishing was just to pass time. To Peter and the other disciple, their master had been crucified and they didn’t know what else to do so rather than stay idle, they thought ‘why not return to what they already knew?’

This time round, their unfruitfulness at fishing was not the same as the first time Jesus met them, where with their full concentration, caught nothing. At this particular moment in time, their attention and desire to actually fish had no foundational motivation. They were in the boat just to pass time so catching nothing was no real surprise.

Anytime we get involved in any venture without real internal motivation and desire, we care very little about the resultant outcomes. Our drive and push are non-existent for there is no real purpose behind our actions.

Therefore, as much as staying idle is not recommended, it is even worse to act without purpose.


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