Luke 5: 10 – 11
and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners. “Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people!” Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him.
After the fishermen saw how amazing Jesus was, they were so humbled by Him that they fell down to their feet. Notice Jesus had to say to them, “Don’t be afraid.” You know what this reminds me of? It reminds me of Proverbs 9:10.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
I think the fishermen really started to get a glimpse of who Jesus was and that’s not saying that they were going to be perfect after that – because let’s be real, they definitely made a looooot of mistakes afterwards – but understanding who Jesus was made them want to be with Him more.
Their fear (awe) and understanding is what made them willing to be used by God.Their fear (awe) and understanding is what made them willing to be used by God. Click To Tweet
I think all too often when we’re reaching out to others we try to fight with our words and arguments just to get them to receive Christ. But at the end of the day, it was Jesus who revealed himself to the fishermen that resulted in them being in awe of Him, therefore surrendering their life.
This is such an important reminder to keep in the forefront of our minds when we’re trying to reach out to others. When we forget this, we can easily fall into the trap of shoving our ways into a person’s face when they’re not ready to receive Him and then get discouraged when our outreach isn’t fruitful. And yes, I said when, because none of us are perfect and we’ve all made mistakes including me. But as Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid.” He’s transforming all of us from glory to glory.
Here’s another twist: sometimes, our ways of reaching out to others is not the same as what others are used to seeing so it doesn’t become accepted even with those who have already received Christ. Either way, don’t be discouraged. You’re doing this for God and God alone. Let Him mold you and direct you.You’re doing this for God and God alone. Let Him mold you and direct you. Click To Tweet
Another valuable key point that I learned from this verse is that Jesus gave a specific command. He didn’t leave the disciples unsure of what to do next after they received Christ, instead He made it clear that they are meant to bring more people to Him. This very same command is given to us. It’s an instruction that isn’t meant to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s a huge privilege. The disciples lives were changed after they felt a sense of reverence to Jesus.The disciples lives were changed after they felt a sense of reverence to Jesus. Click To Tweet
It lit a fire in their hearts that they couldn’t turn down. What an amazing privilege!
Last but not least, check out the disciples response after they decided to obey Jesus’ command.
Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him.
Wait, wait. One more time. “left everything, and followed Him.”
Seriously? Whaaat. Ok, I don’t know if this is just me, but the Bible has some crazy, wonderful and miraculous stories. I mean, ok let me put it this way.
These disciples were human.
I’m not trying to say they were bad people, but what I’m saying is they lived in the flesh. So I find it amazing that they left EVERYTHING and followed Him. That means their old ways, their old lifestyle, their old way of thinking, their old habits and so much more that my mind can’t even think of right now. I’m not saying it was impossible, but what I’m saying is it must have taken a miracle.
I mean, sure, to some people this can be read as just another story, but when I put myself in their shoes, it’s mind blowing. I’m not saying I wouldn’t be willing to follow but what I’m saying is whenever a person is willing to leave everything to follow Jesus, it was because God performed a miracle in their hearts.
And guess what? God is doing that very same thing today one person at a time. He’s performing miracles and changing hearts with every person that’s willing to surrender and leave everything for Him.He’s performing miracles and changing hearts with every person that’s willing to surrender and… Click To Tweet
You know what’s even more amazing? That same person He performed miracles in is the very same person He wants to use to perform miracles through – with the very same gifts that God created them with. It wasn’t a question He asked the disciples. It was a command: From now on YOU will be catching people! You, yes, you who’s reading this right now.
Will you use your gifts to bring more people to God and allow Him to perform miracles in their hearts through you? Will you be willing to leave everything for your Savior?
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