Luke 5:4-10 – When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.
After Jesus gave His lesson from the boat, He directed Simon to launch out into the deep and put out his fishing nets. Mind you, they had just returned from fishing hard all night without any success. Peter made sure that Jesus was aware of this fact and then he added, “But because you say so,” I’ll do it! Peter was making Jesus, at least, honorary captain of his ship. From his own experience and in his own opinion, Peter wouldn’t be heading back out to the same water they just spent all night working in but, because Jesus said so, that’s what he’ll do. “If You say so, Jesus, then we’ll do so!” They followed the new Captain’s orders and “they caught such a large number of fish their nets began to break!” Following their new Captain brought them abundant blessing from the same place that had left them empty and unproductive when they were following their own plans and schedules. Have you ever found yourself laboring in vain because your own plans and efforts didn’t include Jesus? Then you elected Him as President of your life, and the very things you attempted previously have all of a sudden become fruitful, because He directed you to do it!
When they let down their nets, “they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.” This was a miraculous catch, so weighty that they needed to signal their partners in the other boat to come and help. From the catch, they were able to fill the boats so full that they began to sink. Peter got the message! He knew that he was in the presence of Holiness! In his conviction, he fell at Jesus’ knees and confessed his sinful unworthiness to be anywhere near such intrinsic goodness. It is in obedience to the Word of Christ that sinners discover who they really are and who Christ really is! Peter took Jesus at His word. When he did what Jesus said, he experienced a revelation of who Jesus was and an overwhelming sense of his own unrighteousness. We all would do well to follow Peter’s lead, allow Jesus to Captain our boat and do things, just because He said so! Fair warning though – you just might discover His great righteousness and your own sinfulness!
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Thank God for the day He offered direction for your life through the Words of Christ.
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Steve & Allison Worrall, Alberto & Kasandra Aneses (Alberto Jr.), Bonnie Bitetti (Samantha, Denny, Chris).
- Don’t be afraid to do something (maybe even something you’ve failed at before) just because He tells you to do it.
- When you recognize that the power of God is at work in your obedience to Christ, humbly bow at His feet and give thanks.
- Pray that others will be willing to take Jesus at His Word and, by so doing, discover the truth about His identity.
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Pray that God’s Kingdom will come and that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
- Take time to include others in the bountiful blessings that result in obedience to Christ’s directives!
Prayer Challenge: Make Jesus your Captain and Guide. Trust His orders and commands. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:1,2