In John's Gospel we find the picture of seven fishermen toiling the whole night long without success. These men had apparently done all that was humanly possible; but we read that their toil proved fruitless until they discerned that they had been casting their net on the wrong side of the boat—on the side of matter or mortal thought. With this discovery spiritual understanding dawned, prompting them to cast their net on the right side—on the side of Spirit, Love. What was the result? "And now they were not able to draw it [the net] for the multitude of fishes."

How often we, too, like these fishermen, try to solve our problems through material means or by mixing the material with the spiritual! No wonder that the demonstrations are not made, and that our progress is slow! Or is it because we are trying to do the work of God, which is already done, or because we are trying to help God to do His work, instead of doing our own work aright, that we do not seem to get anywhere?

Laborers in God's Vineyard
October 9, 1926

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