One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 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. 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. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
this story astounds me. the men were just cleaning up after a long night. i’m guessing that they were tired and a little grumpy after pulling up empty nets over and over again.
Jesus urged them to drop the nets one more time.
are you kidding me!?! i don’t think i would’ve handled that suggestion well. excuses and arguments most likely would have flown out of my mouth.
the moment they had been waiting for was within their grasp. one more time yielded an astonishing result. after pulling their sinking boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
i can’t comprehend how much they walked away from. time, money and lifestyles had been invested and they had just hit the jackpot. however, their focus was not on the blessing, but the source of the blessing. they chose to live moment by moment with Jesus instead of being drawn into the temporary abundance.
what investments will you and i need to walk away from to fully experience the life God has called us to live?
i wonder who got to sell or eat all that fish…