It had been a long day.
Traveling with Jesus could wear a guy out.
The crowds had been huge, the sun would soon be setting and then Jesus made the request, “Go deeper.”
I can hear the murmurs, “Did he just say go deeper?”
As usual, Simon was the first to speak up for the group, “You do realize we have been working hard all day and the fishing forecast has proven to be true. We have nothing to show for our efforts. But if you say so Jesus.”
These professional fishermen loved their leader but taking fishing tips from a carpenter was hard to swallow. Nonetheless they aligned their actions with his request and the results proved outstanding. Go figure!
What can we learn from this outlandish fishing story?
The followers of Jesus were ANTSY and APPREHENSIVE about Jesus’ ideas. Can you relate?
Despite their reluctancey, they took ACTION and they found themselves being AWESTRUCK and ASHAMED.
Jesus had proven, yet again, that he could be trusted. Seeing the results, they were determined more than ever to be ALL IN.
We aren’t too unlike those worn out fishermen. We find ourselves tired and worn out. We have been giving it our all but our all just isn’t good enough. Our nets are empty.
And then Jesus challenges us, “Go deeper.”
We respond, “Are you kidding Jesus? After all that we have been through lately you are calling us to go deeper? Okay, if you say so Jesus!”
We reluctantly pull ourselves up by our waders and head into deep waters. And like the disciples we find ourselves awestruck and amazed at the results. And yes, a little ashamed that we doubted the carpenter.
Sometimes we need reminding of whose team we are on. He might just call for a “Hail Mary” and ask us to go deep!
Is the Lord calling on you to do something that seems to be pointless, hopeless or a long shot? If so, He might just be calling on you to go deep!
When we align our ways with His ways, the results are amazing, when like the disciples, we are all in!
(For the full story see Luke 5:4-11)