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 signaled 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.
What themes are present in the text? Do you see any that you had not realized before?
What meaning and application do these themes have in your life?
Sometimes when I look at scripture, I look only at the verbs, or nouns, or some of my favorites are prepositions. Today after reading it a couple times, I underlined some phrases.
. . . he sat down and taught . . . put out into deep water . . . if you say so . . . come and help them . . . Go away from me . . . he fell down . . . don’t be afraid . . . they left everything . . .
There was teaching, action, challenge, fear and changed behavior. I can’t say that I willingly follow this formula all the time or even most of the time. But when I do, there is a richness, contentment and joy that surround me.
Recall a time when you were surprised by the power of following Jesus.