“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
Once we have the courage to launch out, the work has only begun. We cannot step out in faith and expect God to just hand us blessing after blessing and supply our needs. We must labour for Him!
Christ told Simon Peter to “let down your nets for a draught.” The nets were no good to Simon if they stayed in the boat. It required effort on the part of Simon and the other fishermen in order to reap the reward.
In the next verse we see Peter’s partial obedience…”nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Not only did he complain, but he didn’t exactly follow Christ’s directions. Notice the difference? Christ said “let down your nets”, Peter responded, “I will let down the net.” Peter chose to obey, but not completely. Instead of letting down multiple nets, he chose to only let down one.
The result of Peter’s partial obedience is a lesson we should all take to heart.
“And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.”
They were rewarded for their obedience by receiving a great multitude of fishes, yet because they only partially obeyed their instructions they had an immediate problem on their hands. They called for help, but it still wasn’t enough. Both ships began to sink because they had caught so many fish with only one net. If Peter had followed Christ’s specific command, not only would the nets not have broken, but they would not have lost some of the fish. Perhaps they would have caught even more than they did.
After witnessing what happened by not completely obeying the Lord, Peter saw himself in a new light.
“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
The lives of Peter, James and John were never the same after they witnessed the event. They were astonished at what they saw, and became fishers of men.
“And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.”
What would happen if we let down the nets of our lives?
We would be astonished at what Christ would allow us to see.
As we sing the lyrics to “I Surrender All” do we really mean it in our hearts?
Will you choose to forsake all you have and follow Him?
Let down your nets today, and follow Him.
Ezekiel 1-2 | Ephesians 4 | Psalm 104
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