Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:1-11, NRSV)
We have worked all night long and haven’t gotten anything. We are tired and want to rest.
Has Jesus ever asked you to do something after a long day?
We get hesitant when what we want is not what we are going to get.
We want our rest.
We want our chair.
We want our tv show.
We want our _______.
And that is it really we want…
But what does Jesus want.
And you see, on our own, we can not catch the fish.
On our own we will make a mess of things.
But when Jesus says to cast a net, we cast the net. Because miraculous things are going to happen!
So be ready when He calls, and do not try to make t on your own!