Wear and tear is the damage that is naturally associated and inevitably occurs as a result of normal use or aging. The expression refers to the damage or deterioration resulting from ordinary use.

But there is nothing ordinary or common about our service to the Lord.

After His resurrection Jesus appears to the disciples on the shore of Galilee. They had gone out fishing the night before, but didn’t catch a single fish. When Jesus showed Himself at the shoreline they didn’t recognize Him, and then He called out for them to cast the net on the other side of the boat.

They did so and instantly the net was so full of fish they couldn’t haul it into the boat. At this time Peter and John recognized Jesus. Peter immediately dove in and swam to shore while the rest dragged the net behind the boat and onto the shore.

Notice the testimony of the net.

“Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken” (John 21:11).

Considering the enormous size of the catch, dragging it in the water and then unto the shore, the net should have torn open, at least in some places, but the Lord kept it in tack in order to give the disciples abundance.

When the Lord gives, He does so without sorrow. He gives to us above and beyond what we can ask or even think (Ephesians 3:20). Jesus says when we seek His kingdom and righteousness, then He will supply all our needs (Matthew 6:33).

When God gives to us His blessings and the gifts He provides all we need to enjoy them. He never allows the net to tear and the blessings to scatter. The key is we have to do it His way, we have to cast the net where He tells us, and then the blessings will be ours.

Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship. Sunday morning service is at 10 a.m. Living Waters Fellowship is at 211 West First South, suite C-E, behind ACE Hardware. To find out more go to www.mesquitelivingwaters.com.