Wednesday, March 22, 2017

catch of the day

Whenever Jesus goes fishing for disciples He already knows who will become His catch of the day as a faithful follower. His true disciples will see His invitation to follow Him as a blessing while others will see their invite as a curse.

Before Jesus called His first disciples at the Sea of Galilee, (Luke 5) He had already transformed their hearts from being fishermen to become fishers of men. With crowds pressing in on Him on the shore, He came to the water's edge, stepped into Simon's boat and asked him to "put out a little from shore" so he could continue teaching the crowd. Simon, who would be later called Peter, was already worn out from fishing all day long. Exhausted. Tired. Probably sleepy, too. Ya think?

When Jesus finished teaching He said to weary Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down the nets for a catch. Simon answered, "Master, we've worked so hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets" (Luke 5:5).

Wait a minute! You mean weariness isn't an honest reason to tell Jesus, "No?"  Nope. What if we were fishing all night and not catching anything? Why would we go back out on the same night? Simon obeyed without an argument. Hmmm. Is that like us? Hmmmm. And maybe with Jesus helping, things would turn out differently. Ya think? Uh-huh. That's right.

When we don't persevere and do what we know is right, we're not believing God is always working things out for our good. For example, Simon was very tired and Jesus was fully aware of his state. He was in the midst of preparing to bless Simon's socks off!  However, Simon saw going "out in the deep" as just extending his already long night of not catching any fish!

When they were out there fishing in deep water Simon tried to pull up his nets up but they were breaking from all the fish inside them! He called out to nearby fishermen to come and help pull the bursting nets out of the water! What? Yes!

Simon was overcome with the abundant blessing of the fish, and in humility told Jesus, "Go away from me, Lord, I am a sinful man!" (v. 6)

Jesus got his attention. Simon saw Jesus. Simon believed Jesus, became a fisher of men, and pulled his fishing boat up on shore to begin His walk with Jesus. Simon "left everything and followed Him."

This is us, right? May it be so, Lord.
For His glory,