Good Morning all. I had a sleepless night but God is good. While I was sleeping, people kept popping in my mind. So I would pray. I had an phone call at 230 this morning from someone who was seeking guidance. What do I do? I get up and speak with this person and help them with what God is calling them to do. They were at a crossroads. Do I know where Jesus is leading them? No I don't but I do know that God is calling and weighing heavy on this person's heart and it is my job to give Godly advice. So with that being said let's jump into Chapter 5 of Luke. One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, (also known as the Sea of Galilee.) the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw 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 the shore.Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.(There must have been 100's to 1000's of people. Jesus had to get in the boat and out on the water just to teach the word of God. Do we see that today? Also notice that Simon did what Jesus asked without any questions. Do we do what Jesus ask without any questions?) When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." (Jesus is about to do something.) 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."(Simon just told Jesus we have done this all night-nothing. But Simon had faith to do what Jesus told him to do. He had some doubt but he had more faith than doubt to do what Jesus said just because Jesus said to do it. Again I ask, do we do the same thing? What is Jesus asking you to do? You may have doubt but have faith more.) When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. (Jesus did something. When we have more faith than doubt and do what Jesus is asking, we get more of a blessing. Look at Simon's reward for just doing what Jesus asked him to do.) 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. (God had blessed Simon so much just for doing what was asked of him, that Simon needed help with his blessing. So in turn Simon was not the only one that got the rewards of being obedient, so did his partners.) When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord: I am a sinful man!"(Now look at what Simon said. It wasn't that he wasn't grateful for the blessing. He knew that he was not worthy of the blessing. He knew that he didn't deserve the blessing and neither do we. But Jesus did it any way. Why? Because of our faithfulness to him, being obedient to him and the most important because he loves us.) 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. (They could not believe what just happened. They thought they were going away empty handed and they had failed at their job that day. Probably would not have been able to feed families and they definitely could not have sold at the market. But because of their obedience God gave each of them more than enough. Why do we find it so hard to just do what God is asking us to do?) Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid, from now you will fish for people." (The first thing out of Jesus' mouth was 'Don't be afraid.' Hey he is talking to you, don't be afraid. I am making you fisher of men. Listen to what Jesus is asking of you. It may be small but look at the people it will touch and who will get the blessing and learn to trust Jesus.) So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Are we abandoning everything to go and do the one thing that Jesus is asking YOU to do? No one else can do what Jesus is asking you to do. He called you specifically to do this one task. Come on park your boat on the shore and follow Jesus. Have a blessed day!
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