Away From Me….

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Luke 5: 4 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, 10 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 fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Coming before God and people, we brag on ourselves.  It’s only natural and so we all do it even if only to ourselves to avoid a point of humility.  The “we” above are professional fishermen who should know when the getting is good especially by working all night. 

Which reminds me: we are so proud of our efforts and sacrifices.  And when we have put a lot of effort in error it is all the harder to change course.  God forbid that we sweat for nothing and have to start over. 

But starting over in this story is what Jesus is asking these seasoned fishermen.  And sometimes it is what He asks of us so we can learn a broader principle of the kingdom. After all, we are to seek first His kingdom and not our ways. Simon Peter perceives the authority of Jesus and on His word puts down the nets.  “But because you say so…”

So Jesus comes through with a miracle that is so overwhelming that Simon Peter can no more grasp His grace than the nets could hold the fish.  Simon Peter pointed to the inner battle of his heart between superficial thinking and faith.  Faith won but not the expectation of grace that comes with it. In that sense he is like Adam and Even in covering themselves to compensate for their inadequacy in God’s presence. 

But instead of Jesus triumphing over him, even mocking Simon Peter’s resume of his life’s work, Jesus points to his resume of future deeds.  There is a beauty to such grace and calling, such that Simon Peter, his brother and partners leave everything and follow him.

Must we leave all of our comforts to follow Jesus? At the least, we should submit to God and ask for wisdom on such things as strengths and sacrifices.  Remember from another passage that His brethren are those who know the word of God and do it. Let’s give Jesus the respect of Him being Lord and live accordingly.