Have you ever been stuck in a problem? Have you ever been in a bad situation where you just couldn’t seem to find any way out of?
I recently saw a video on the internet about a person who couldn’t remove his ring from his finger. He tried so many different ways of getting it out but nothing was working. Then there’s this guy who offers him a solution. It was so simple. He used a dental floss and slipped one end of it under the ring. He wrapped the string around the finger up to the knuckle. He then began to unwind the dental floss beginning at the bottom of the finger. Amazingly, the ring began to move up the finger as the string was being unwound! The solution was so simple yet so effective.
Sometimes you can only find the solution to your problems when you begin to see things in a different light. What you need is a whole new approach—a different perspective for you to find your breakthrough. The old way of thinking simply wouldn’t cut it. What you need is a brand new outlook in life. What you need is a radical mindset.
The Radical Mindset of Jesus
Jesus displayed a radical mindset. He thought differently and lived differently. He radically changed the way people relate with God. He called God “Father” and taught others to do the same. He performed extraordinary works like healing the sick and raising the dead. What He did was nothing short of revolutionary. He was a radical.
There’s a story in the book of Luke where Jesus displayed his different approach in life. He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret and saw two boats standing by the lake. The fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.
Luke 5:3 says,
3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing…”
Notice what was taking place here. Jesus was a son of a carpenter. It’s safe to say that He was not an expert in fishing unlike Simon and the other men who were fishing almost all their lives. Jesus asks Simon to let down his nets for a catch into the deep. Who was this man to tell them what to do? They have been fishing and toiling all night but they did not catch anything. Perhaps they were already frustrated that time. And then a carpenter’s son tells them what to do. How would you have reacted if it were you?
Maybe you’ve been in that kind of place before. You’ve tried so hard to find the solution to your problem and yet you couldn’t find the answers. You were frustrated and now you’re desperate. So what do you do?
Here’s what Simon did. He said, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” (v.5)
Simon could have held on to his ego and said:
“We have toiled all night and caught nothing. Who are you to tell us what to do?”
“We know what we’re doing Jesus. We’ve been doing this for years! It’s just that this day is not our day. There’s no point doing this again.”
But instead of saying that, Simon said, “Nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
Let it Go
What are the things you’ve been holding on to? Your talents? Skills? Your abilities?
Your skills and capabilities may have brought you much success in life. But what do you do when nothing seems to work? What if no matter how hard you try, you just couldn’t find your breakthrough? Are you still going to hold on to your own strength?
Maybe what you need is a “dental floss solution”—a fresh take on things. A radical mindset that goes beyond logic. Let go of what works and see God work.
When you let go of your own understanding of what works and trust Him instead, you will begin to see God working in your life in ways you’ve never imagined possible.
Maybe it’s time that we put our trust not on our own strength but on the one who gave us the strength. Maybe it’s time to let go of our pride and begin to trust in God.
Simon was skilled in fishing. He was probably an expert in that field. But Jesus invited him to launch into the deep and let down their nets to catch some fish. He could have refused Jesus and held on to his pride and say it was pointless. But what he did opened up a whole new world of possibilities that he had never imagined possible. Because of his response, his life has never been the same again.
After letting down their nets, they caught a great number of fish to the point that their net was breaking. And they were sinking because of the weight of their catch!
Nothing had prepared them for what they’ve experienced. A simple act of letting go and trusting in Jesus opened the door for them to experience the impossible.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has been doing great wonders and He is still in the business of doing miracles today. He is inviting us to have faith in Him. To trust Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
It’s time to put our trust in Him. Let us not rely on our own understanding. Instead, submit to Him in all our ways and He will make our paths straight.
Let’s live the radical life and let go of our own understanding. We need to go beyond logic and live by faith. When we let go of our own ways, we will experience more of His miracle-working power in our lives.
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