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Letting It Down

"When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and ls for a catch'" (Lk.5:4).

Simon (Peter) had been fishing all night without much success on Lake Gennesaret. I'm going out into the bay to fish today, but it is recreational. Peter and his friends fished for a living. I am guessing that they knew a lot about their craft, after all, this is the way they fed their families. Jesus had just finished a speaking stint in which many people were healed. Up until this time, until about age 30, Jesus was probably a carpenter with his dad Joseph. There was nothing in Jesus' resume that said he was an expert about fishing. Knowing Peter, I can just imagine what was going on in his mind... "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing" was his answer. What probably didn't come out was something about what Jesus might know about fishing that he did not. However, along with his words about fishing all night and catching nothing came these words... "but I will do as You say and let down the nets." I am sure that most of you have read these passages before, and know what happened.... Though Peter more than likely thought that this would not work, he let down the nets as Jesus had instructed. It defied common sense... The KJV says, "nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net." The result of doing what Jesus said resulted in a catch so plentiful, that it almost sank two boats.... When this story winds to an end, Peter recognizes his own sinfulness and asks Jesus to leave. It is not what Jesus wants. Jesus wants Peter to become one of His disciples. He is letting Peter and us know that He wants people from all stations of life to become His followers. He is willing to use our individual and perhaps unique talents for Him in bring more into discipleship.... What Peter did here is what all of us must do... If Jesus says to let down the net, that's His call to us to become one of His disciples. It may defie common sense, but in actuality it makes perfect sense. When Jesus says to let down the net, that's our mission... "Nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net".... As Peter did, we must be willing to do also.... We must let down the net....

Have a great day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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