Servants the Master can Use

“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.”” (Lk.5:5)

Simon and company were professional fishermen. They had the expertise in utilising the fishing equipments like the boat and the net. They had a bad day and had returned with empty nets and boats. It was one of those empty boats that Jesus used for His stage.

Empty Boats, Clean Nets

This was a sign of defeat or unfruitful labor. They accepted defeat and were washing their nets for the day. It was at this point Jesus invites them to a fruitful investment of their lives.

Until we admit our inefficiency and insufficiency God can not empower us. When we surrender totally to God’s will He can guide us and use us. When we rely on our qualifications, expertise and experience, we end up unfruitful in the service of the kingdom of God. There should be an emptying and cleaning experience before the Master can use us.

Obedient Hearts, Willing Minds

It may be against all common sense, irrational in thinking, ridiculous in appearance, contrary to conventions, the thing we are asked to do. But once we have surrendered totally to His Lordship we must be willing to obey whatever He says. Just do it because it is “He who says so”. And the result of unquestioning obedience is always mind blowing.

The authority of Jesus over the nature as the Lord of all creation was demonstrated to point them towards His purpose for their lives as “fishers of men”. They realized who was calling them.

Later, when Peter preached his first sermon on the day of Pentecost, he probably would have recalled this incident. (Act.2:41)

Both were amazing catches indeed!

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