I’ve been reading through Luke, and had one of those “say whoa out loud while reading” moments. It all started as I opened to Luke 5 and read about Jesus calling his first disciples.
So picture this. Jesus is standing near a lake and people are crowding him, wanting to hear every word he has to say. In order to address everyone, he looks for an empty boat to get in and move away from the land a bit. He finds one, asks the owner to move off shore, and proceeds to sit down and teach the crowd of people that are hungry for his words.
I love this picture so much. Our Savior took the time and effort to teach those that wanted to hear Truth. He must of had a booming voice or something, but I imagine it being filled with compassion, patience, passion, and love.
Once he is done teaching, he turned to the boat owner, Simon (Peter) and said:
“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.
Sunday school picture alert…
These fishermen were just going about their daily duties, probably discouraged with their current catch, when all of a sudden Jesus appears and turns their situation completely around.
Jesus took the efforts they had made, saw past the doubt they had, and provided in a way that seemed impossible.
I absolutely love this passage for a few reasons. I love that Simon told Jesus about the trouble they had been having. He is so human! I know that when I feel God asking me to do something I instantly think of the ways I’ve failed in the past. BUT the cool thing is that God takes our doubt, brushes it off his shoulder, and does things that we wouldn’t be able to do on our own. Like catching nets and nets of fish on a rather fish-less day.
But the story doesn’t stop with this miracle. Simon realizes what just happened and falls down at Jesus’ feet, acknowledging how holy he is. Simon asks Jesus to depart from him because he is a sinful man unworthy of his presence.
Instead of calling out all of Simon’s sin, Jesus responds by saying, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” (5:10)
I can’t imagine what Simon was feeling in this moment. He just heard this miracle-working teacher prophesy his future that won’t include days on boats anymore. He and his men bring their boats to the land, leave everything behind, and follow Jesus.
This is such a beautiful picture of realizing who we are as sinners, trusting Jesus with the impossible, receiving grace and provision through Christ, and leaving the life we know behind in order to follow Him.
It made me think about the big things in my life right now that seem impossible. This list includes all ares of church planting, like raising financial support for Brady’s salary along with the church’s budget, and finding a committed team of people who believe in the church’s vision. I think about learning how to be a biblical wife, how to handle the transition ahead, knowing how to use my words to bring glory to the Kingdom, and the list goes on.
When we dream big, we must trust big.
And the cool thing is, we serve a God who loves to blow our minds with his provision when we truly give our journey to Him.
For all of Luke 5:1-11, click here.
Question of the day:
Where is God asking you to trust Him right now?