November 21, 2021

This is Only the Beginning

This is Only the Beginning!

Luke 5:5-10, New Living Translation

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 such a sinful man.” 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!”
  1. Simon took the risk to respond to Jesus’ instructions with obedience - will we take the risk to obey?  
  2. As promised, there were more fish to catch - the instructions of Jesus to Simon were a setup - a prepared blessing to confirm the unique nature of the man on the boat with Simon.  
  3. Simon's post-catch is not centered on the catch itself, but the Person who produced the catch - We should gratefully realize that the blessings of Jesus are not owed to us or earned.  
  • Jesus is not like Simon
  • Jesus’ position equips Him to receive Simon’s confession of sinfulness

4. Jesus does not intend to leave Simon, no, quite the opposite, Jesus intends to make Simon, James and John - the Sons of Thunder into life catchers - this is only the beginning.  

Closing claim - how about this Thanksgiving season we view the blessings of GOD as a catalyst to more service, ministry, usefulness and transformation, instead of isolated proof that GOD can provide what GOD has already secured.  Jesus causing Simon to get the catch was the easy part.  Now Jesus is calling Simon to leave the catch and do the greater thing!  Serve.  

Luke 5:11, New Living Translation

11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.



Jesus' request involves sacrifice and maybe discomfort; requests of Jesus are centered on the other and not selfish. Jesus always gives us more than we had before he got on the Boat; let Jesus have your Boat!

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