Hello, my friends!
I hope you all are having a lovely Sunday! I’m gazing out my window at the moment, and feeling really glad that it’s sunny again. The sky is really clear, and I’m hoping to fit in a bike ride this afternoon. (It’s 75°!) Of course, with the unpredictable weather lately, it’s probably going to drop back down to the 50°s or 40°s sometime in the next few days. Oh well. 😉 Might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
For today’s post, I want to talk about something my Pastor preached about this morning that really struck me (not that every one of his sermons doesn’t strike me!). Here’s the verses, from Luke 5 (ESV):
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “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. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Think about it. At first, Peter used to be just a spectator. He listened to Jesus, and thought about Jesus’ words, but he was really just like everyone else. When Jesus asked Peter if He could use Peter’s boat to preach from, He was asking Peter to be involved. This wasn’t really that big of a step, and Peter was probably thinking, “Sure, why not?” But when Jesus was done preaching, He took it to a whole other level. He asked Peter to step out of his comfort zone, and do something that Peter probably thought was totally ridiculous.
The fishermen had already washed their nets (which was definitely not an easy and quick task), and everyone knew that you could never catch fish during the day. It was at night that fishermen cast their nets into the water, not the day. Jesus was asking Peter to do something he had already done before, but Jesus asked Him to do it differently. We, as humans, don’t like doing things differently. If it’s not the way we’ve always done it, then it’s wrong, right? We don’t want to step out of that comfort zone. However, it’s when we step out of that comfort zone that the BIG things happen. And that’s exactly what happened. When Peter took that first step and decided to TRUST Jesus, even when he didn’t understand it at all, something big happened. When Peter saw how many fish they had caught, He realized just who Jesus was. Jesus suddenly wasn’t just “Master” anymore, He was “Lord.” Lord and Master have two very different meanings. Also, Peter didn’t just realize Jesus was Lord, he also realized who he himself was. Peter realized that he was a sinner, and that Jesus was Lord. This was a MAJOR step.
When Peter made that step, that decision to step out of his comfort zone and trust Jesus, he had no idea what would happen next. Peter thought he was just an ordinary fisherman….can you imagine what his reaction would have been if he had known there would be a huge, incredibly place called St. Peter’s Basilica named after him?
Did you know that St. Peter’s Basilica took over 1,300 years to build?
What if Peter had known that he would write two books of the Bible, a part of the very Word of God we read and study today?
If Peter hadn’t taken that step, would we know anything about him? Would he be of any importance? He would have missed out on what God had planned for him. He would have lived and died, a simple fisherman, and we wouldn’t know a thing about this guy.
So. You really think God can’t use you, eh? Maybe if you take that step, make that decision to step out of your comfort zone and trust Jesus, you won’t miss out on the spectacular plan God has for your life. I assure you, you have a purpose, and God has a special plan for you. You just have to be willing to take that step, which will lead to many other steps in your spiritual walk. You may not understand it all, but trust Jesus, because He knows where He’s going.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this post encouraged you to take that step! Have a blessed day!