Stop fishing, and start living
And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” (Luke 5:10)
Simon Peter’s first encounter with Jesus was by the lake of Gennesaret. Jesus was teaching by the lake when He saw the Peter with his fishing buddies, washing their nets. In other words, Peter wasn’t in the crowd listening to Jesus. Peter was into fishing, not listening to sermons.
But Jesus saw Peter, and He did something that He knew would get Peter’s attention; He filled up Peter’s nets with fish.
Sadly, that’s what many people want from Jesus. “Fill up my nets Jesus!” Of course, eventually the fish will be used up. “OK Jesus, I need more fish!” Sunday after Sunday they come with empty nets, wanting a refill. Then it’s, “Thanks Jesus, see you next week!”
My friend, Jesus has so much more for you than just filling up your net with another weeks worth of fish.
Jesus came to permanently change the course of your life for all eternity.
But in order to receive what Christ has for us, we may be called upon to lay something down. You cannot put anything into a hand that’s already full. In order to fulfill his calling, Peter had to walk away from his nets. He left all to follow Christ.
But not without a promise:
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29)
I wonder sometimes if Christ isn’t watching us, stuck in the cycle of trying to keep our nets full, oblivious to the abundant life He has for us – if we’ll only lay down our nets and follow Him.
We can change the world, one life at a time…