“And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Luke 5:4-5
Jesus is God and is in need of nothing. If there would be any need, He could very well create its answer. Yet, because He is God, He chooses to be gracious to us in using us to accomplish His will here on earth among men.
He entered into Simon Peter’s boat having already chosen Peter to do His will as an apostle, but beginning here by using the very thing Peter had made his life about. That boat was more than just a boat. It was the key to everything Peter had known to this point. His family’s well being was provided for by the fishing done with that boat. When Jesus entered the boat, He was taking over the lead in Peter’s life. He wasn’t rude about it. He simply stepped into the boat and then asked if Peter would cast out. And Peter, not knowing just who this Jesus was yet, obliged, and moved the ministry of Jesus off the shore where He could move forward in teaching scripture that would eventually lead to revelation about Who Jesus was to the multitude, and to Peter. Jesus used Peter’s past for His own glory, and would change the direction of Peter’s life using the very same concept of living, in that Peter would fish for men.
And when Jesus was finished with that lesson, He told Peter to cast out the nets for some fish. You see, Jesus is so gracious that, not only does He wish to share His ministry and accomplish His will through us, He wants to bless us on top of that. He will never be indebted to anyone, and so whenever He has us do something for Him, or give something up to Him, He wants to reward us beyond just being a part of it all. He wants to give us His very best in gratitude for our obedience! But, we must recognize that even in the reward is a responsibility on our part to receive it. If we want the reward, we need to reach out for it when He tells us it’s time. And, so Peter and his crew did so.
“And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.” Luke 5:6-7
The blessing was so great that it was overwhelming to Peter. In fact, it was such a great blessing that when Peter went to share it, all who partook were overwhelmed by it. God never blesses on a small scale. He will bless us above and beyond what we expect, or even deserve. He will bless us in ways we may not even consider. After all, Peter doubted when Jesus said to cast the nets. He told Jesus that they had fished all night and caught nothing. Basically, he was thinking that he was educating this guy Jesus about fishing, for of all He seemed to know about the scriptures, what could He know of Peter, the expert’s, profession? This got to Peter because when he finally saw that Jesus was a Man of God (for the fact that He is The Son of God had not yet been revealed to him), he obviously felt grieved for his error in earlier judgement and professed such when he told Jesus to go away from him for he was a sinful man.
Even if we doubt that God will do something for us, if we simply obey His commands, even amidst our verbal acknowledgements of our doubt, He is faithful to fulfill His Promises. And His fulfilled promises will always be astonishing to those among us who are the recipients. He proved that at the Cross and He’ll continue to prove it to us who believe.
“And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.” Luke 5:11
This is the most beautiful portion of the entire passage. Jesus shared in His ministry and continues to this day to share His ministry with us and through us. Jesus blessed those who surrendered whatever and whenever He asked them to and continues to bless us to this day as we continue to so the same. But, see the focus of faith of the disciples.
They accepted the blessing of fish. They pulled it all in to almost sinking two boats. And when they brought the fish to the shore, where the multitude was, where the sons of thunder’s father was, where their livelihood was so well taken care of that they would have no further need for quite some time, they walked away from it all. They very neatly collected them, brought them in, and left them behind, as a blessing to those who were there. They gave what they were given and went after Jesus. They didn’t divide it up evenly, nor did they keep a portion. They turned and walked away from the fish, the boats, and all that they knew. They already understood what we all need a better understanding of today.
It is not the blessing; it is the Blessor. No matter what He gives to us, our greatest Blessing will always be Him. And so, we must give to others all which we know and understand of Jesus, and then chase after Him all the more, desiring to learn and receive more of Him. Whatever He chooses to give us, we need to then give it to others, for the blessing is in the giving. And as we learn of Him, we need to then follow Him in Spirit and teach what He taught us to others.
That is why the title of my blog is “Learn of Me,” because this blog is all about Jesus Christ. As I learn of Him, I want to share Him, my greatest Gift, with you. Nothing means more to me than Jesus, and I cannot keep Him to myself. He is just too overwhelming to keep contained, and I couldn’t even if I wanted to.
“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and LEARN OF ME; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30