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Quiet Talks On Service by S. D. Gordon

Expectancy in Service.

The climax of this message of Jesus is in its end: |Let down your nets for a draught.| There is to be expectancy in service. Ideas of draughts changed that day. |Peter, what would you call a good draught?| |Well,| the old fisherman says, as he sits stitching up the holes in his nets, |after last night I think if we got a boat half full it wouldn't be a bad haul.| |Andrew, what's a draught?| And Andrew says, |I think after this water haul we've had, a haul of holes, Peter hits it pretty close.|

|Master, how much is a draught?| And His answer comes back over the water, |Twice as much as you are able to take care of, and then more.| They filled that boat, sent for another, filled that, and then didn't land all they had caught.

How much do you reckon a draught in your life, in your church, in your mission, your field, how much are you saying? -- |Master, what is your reckoning of a draught here in this man's life, out here in this field of service?| And from this Galilean story there comes back anew to our hearts the Master's reply, |Twice as much as you have planned for, and then more.|

Expectancy is the eye of faith. Faith always has a watch-tower. When Elijah went to the tiptop of Carmel to pray, he was careful to send his servant to watch the sea. Prayer is faith looking up. Expectancy is faith looking out.

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