3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." 5 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." 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled to 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. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Notice that Peter obeys Jesus before he knows who Jesus is—while he is still sure that obeying Him will not result in anything but extra work and no reward. Notice also that, to follow Jesus this day Peter needs to:
- Trust Jesus—professionally he surely would have known more about fishing than a carpenter's son, right?
- Share the wealth—his partners James and John became disciples the same day because of the same incident.
- Follow Jesus—after they catch the biggest catch of their careers what do they do? They follow Jesus, leaving everything behind.
- How often have you thought that God was telling you to do something silly?? Did you obey anyway?
- What happened?
- What might God be asking you to do in order to follow his will?
- What might He be asking you to leave behind in order to follow Him?
Peter’s obedience to Jesus changes him forever—he goes from being a fisher of fish to being a fisher of men (and women!). Jesus invites all of us to be fishers of men. And just as Peter surely felt inadequate for that task—we, too, may feel like we can’t do it. But it’s God who makes the fish overflow from Peter’s net. And it’s God who promised to use us to do His work as well!
Pray about these things.