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Luke 5:1-11

One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. 8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. NLT

By then end of this short passage, life had completely changed for these fishermen.

They had already fished all night, cleaned their nets and were relaxing and listening to Jesus teaching. Suddenly, he asked them to go out fishing again. Peter said (v5) ‘we have fished all night and caught nothing’…isn’t our ministry like that sometimes? We labour long and hard with seemingly no results. But Peter said ‘But if you say so…we will’. God sometimes asks us to do stuff that doesn’t immediately make sense.

KEY VERSE v4 “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

  1. Go out where it is deeper (into deep waters) – get out of the shallows (no fish there!) where if something goes wrong, it’s easy to fix. It’s our comfort zone. It maybe that we have to go back as the disciples did to a place where there was disappointment, hard work but no results. It maybe that we have to go into unchartered territory, into the unknown as that is where the wild fish are. We are so used to looking after the fish in the pond that we don’t go out into the deep anymore.
  2. Let down your nets to catch some fish – don’t say that you’ve tried it before and it didn’t work, be obedient to God. We have to let down the nets. Anyone can do social work such as foodbanks, debt counselling etc (good that there are) BUT ONLY the church, the people of God, can introduce people to Jesus. We can be out there in the deep doing this stuff, but never let the nets down. Make opportunity for people to respond to the invitation of knowing Jesus. Be passionate and bold. Give people a chance.

Find the deep water and fish there. Don’t leave the net in the boat or on the shore!

In v10 the fishermen were called to a new task of fishing for men and in v11 they obeyed and left EVERYTHING to follow Jesus.

Obey Gods direction and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. If we are faithful, God makes us fruitful.

Based on a talk by Steve Clifford (Evangelical Alliance) http://www.eauk.org

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I have been on holiday recently and as always, love being by the sea. I could watch it all day.

It struck me that there were so many parallels between the sea and God’s love.

A song I used to sing in Sunday school came to mind:

‘Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heavens above,

Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Saviour’s love.’ (Charles A Miles 1914)

God’s love is:

Deep

Unfailing

Powerful

Gentle

Life giving

Life sustaining

Unpredictable

Shaping – changing our rough edges to smooth

Beautiful

Glorious

Faithful

Man can’t stop it

Man doesn’t understand it

Sadly, we are told that there will be no sea in heaven (Rev 21v1).

The Hebrews were a land-loving people who distrusted a large body of water such as the Mediterranean Sea. To them the sea was a perilous and forbidding place. The sea therefore became a symbol of the seething nations of the world and of the troubled lives of the unrighteous (Dan 7:2-3; Matt 13:47; Rev 13:1). Perhaps this is why the apostle John spoke of the glorious new heaven and new earth as a place in which “there was no more sea” (Rev 21:1).

(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

There are many songs which speak of God’s love never failing which have echoes of the constant motion of the sea (Your love never fails, How deep the Fathers love for us, Higher than the mountains that I face etc).

Take some time today appreciating and enjoying God’s love for you.

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