Okay, I was reading in Luke 5, where Jesus got into Simon Peter’s boat and was preaching to the crowds. When he was through he told Simon Peter: “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Peter tells Jesus “We’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (vs 4-5, NIV) Isn’t that amazing? Peter is a fisherman, he has been a fisherman all his life. He worked through the night with nothing to show for it. He’s tired. He probably came in from the night fishing and thought he’d get some rest. Instead, Jesus shows up and climbs into his boat and says “Hey, put out a little from the shore so I can teach these people.” So, when Jesus finishes teaching he tells Peter to go out into deeper water and go fishing again. Now, Jesus is not a fisherman; he is a carpenter by trade and now, he has started his earthly ministry as a rabbi; he should know nothing about fishing. But Peter didn’t care, he listened to what Jesus said and when he told him to go fishing in the deeper water, I can see him shrugging his shoulders and going “Okay, but only cause it’s you.”
I thought those words were interesting: “but because you say so.” The “but” means that Peter was probably going in a different direction. He probably was going to head back to shore when Jesus interrupted his plans. Then the “because you say so.” Peter already has learned that Jesus is important. He calls him “master” earlier. He knows Jesus has an authority beyond this realm from hearing his teaching and he has probably heard the stories of his healing.
If only, we would have this much faith! Peter didn’t really know too much about Jesus, only what he had heard from others and from this one teaching experience. If only, we would hear God’s voice telling us to change directions, to leave the comfort of the predictable, and go to a new place, a new direction in which he will provide everything we need. When Peter let down the nets, he caught so many fish that he had to get another boat to come help get them all in.
Another interesting verse in this story is vs 11: “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” They had just brought in the biggest catch of their lives…. and they left it. They realized that following Jesus was the most important thing. It was the most rewarding. They could fish anytime, but they only could follow Jesus now. I know me; I would have been like “what about these fish? we can’t just leave them here… someone will take them, we’ll lose all the money; they’ll start stinking and people will be mad.” And maybe, they had these kind of thoughts (not Peter though because he’s like Frankie and Frankie would have been like “there’s Jesus, see ya…”) but they realized that Jesus was worth leaving everything they had behind and following him to wherever he was going. I want to be like that. I want to realize that Jesus is worth leaving EVERYTHING behind and following him to wherever he wants me to go. Don’t you? How awesome to see a boat load of fish come from seemingly nowhere, but how much more awesome was it to see 5,000 people fed from only five loaves of bread and two fish?