Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret [another name for the Sea of Galilee]; and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s [another name for Peter], and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people 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 and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
– Luke 5:1-11 NASB
Yesterday we noticed how repentant sinners followed Jesus, but unrepentant sinners (like the Pharisees) would not. The passage above from Luke gives us some insight into the character of some of these repentant sinners, and why Jesus saw such promise in them that He named them apostles (i.e. specially-empowered representatives) for Him.
These men did not see Jesus as a way they could earn even more money as fishermen; on the contrary, they walked away from their business just when they knew He could have made it boom. And Peter didn’t even think he was worthy to follow Jesus.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, if Peter thought himself unworthy, how much more do we think ourselves unworthy! Show us how to follow You in spite of this…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.