Doing the right thing is not always easy. Sometimes we have to do things that are hard, and we have to do unpleasant duties. Maybe we have to go outside and shovel the snow, do homework or household chores. It’s not always a pleasant thing, but it’s a thing we have to do—it’s the right thing to do. Not just because we have to do it, but because it is right in the context of what we do in our family or in our work situation.
And Jesus came into the world to pay for our sin, to die on the cross a horrible, terrible death. And that wasn’t something to look forward to—but it was the right thing to do.
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. Luke 5:1-7 ESV