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March 2019

When he had finished speaking, [Jesus] said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” - Luke 5:4 (NIV)

This verse literally means what it says – but it’s also an image of spiritual life.  And if we are honest, most (if not all) of our lives is spent in the safety of shallow spirituality (Amen?).  I wonder what would happen if faithful (and faith-filled) followers of Christ went “all in” for these words of the Lord?

Jesus gives two commands. They aren’t orders barked out by a drill instructor with the recruits following in fear.  No, Jesus speaks with a compelling authority – words leading to obedience. Simon’s reluctance bows to Jesus’ certainty, and submission results in a miracle!

So, how will we respond to these commands?  What will we do when Jesus tells us: Put out into deep water?  It would be easy to make excuses ...  Jesus, I really need to be able to see the land.  Lord, it’s probably not safe to go that far – we don’t know what’s out there!  And the answer to our dithering?  Ahoy, mates.  Stow the excuses!  Hoist the anchor and set sail for open water.  Let the adventure begin!  (I hope that motivates you!)

Will our faith be such that we let down the nets for a catch?  Again, we could waver:  It’s not the right time … place … conditions.  And that’s through human eyes.  Eyes of faith will discern and defer to the Lord.  People of faith will follow Jesus’ directions precisely.  And hesitant-but-obedient disciples will find themselves on the business end of a stunning miracle – much more than they could have accomplished themselves!

So, what do you say?  Let’s go fishing with Jesus!

~ Pastor John


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