“But because You said so, I will let down the nets– again.” Luke 5:5
Peter and Andrew, James and John. Two sets of brothers, four more disciples for Jesus. What a story FULL of illustrations and lessons for me this morning, but because I want to finish the whole gospel before the end of the school year I am choosing to only spend one day on each of my outlined entries- we’ll see if I can keep it up! There is SO MUCH to tell!! J
I’ll focus this morning on Peter and his two lines in the story:
1. In response to Jesus telling Him how to fish, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and have not caught anything. BUT because You say so, I will let down the nets, again!”
2. In response to the overwhelming fishing success, “Go away from me Lord; I am a sinful man.”
Jesus’ miracle took care of immediate needs while the family businesses found replacement help so their boys could follow Jesus. The boys, at least Peter, started following in just the way he needed to- by acknowledging that he did not deserve to be one of the followers. But Jesus would have no part of his argument and simply told him that HE would do the making into what He wanted from them IF they were willing to give up all their pseudo security and follow Him. It was a big decision and Jesus gave them enough evidence upon which to base their faith. BUT they still needed to decide- half way or all the way? Part time or full time? Complete or when it’s convenient? And it appears that the determiner was what they used as their greatest external security- fishing for them (I wonder what it is for me?) Give it up or go for the gold? That was their decision—that’s mine too!
And the conclusion of the matter? “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything, and followed Him.” I wonder if I have “boats” that need to be pulled out of commission that could be distracting me from hearing God’s call in my life? And I wonder if I have anything that I need to be willing to leave behind, SO THAT I can follow Jesus too?
Have a great day discovering your boats and your everything,