Do You Have Some Fish?

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in John 21. Peter had been fishing all night without catching any fish. From the beach, Jesus instructed Peter to cast the net on the other side of the boat.
Peter caught 156 Fish!
When Peter got the fish to shore, he saw that Jesus already had fish cooking.
How did Jesus get His fish?
fishI think He just needed a frying pan and his index finger. He commanded those fish to jump right out of the ocean into his frying pan!
Jesus looked over at Peter’s fish and said,
“What do you have there? Do you have some fish? Why don’t you bring some of yours and put it with mine. We’ll eat together.”
I love that! Jesus didn’t need their fish, but he let them mix what they had with what He had.
To me that has become an illustration of ministry. He doesn’t need anything that we have. But He lets us use our meager gifts and invites us to let them mix with all that He has so that people can be fed.
Jesus is awesome!


About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (, a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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