I want to share something with you that came to my mind rather suddenly earlier today. This doesn’t happen often, so when it does I know it’s for a reason. I’m going to share a passage of scripture first…and then some thoughts at how it impacted me…in hopes it might encourage you.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
When they were called to go where most wouldn’t go (on the water), it was a symbol of the request that was coming almost immediately thereafter…
They’d be called to do what most won’t do, so that they could live as most wouldn’t live..
But in order to do it, it came at a cost.
Check this out:
Are we willing to…
Throw away what is holding us back, so that we can get where we need to go.
Throw back what we think we want, to be ready to catch what we really need.
Throw up our arms of preference, in order to embrace obedience.
If they saw the win as the big haul of fish, they’d have missed the point. It was never about having enough resources. It was always about knowing who the resource was. It was never about fishing. It was always about obedience. It was never about something making sense up front. It was always about admitting they couldn’t make sense of it, and acting in faith anyway.
At the end of the day, it’s all about trust.
There will be times when we have to make some tough decisions in life.
If we base them only on what we can see, our human nature to want more now clouds our vision.
When we look past the present and base them on faith, a sense of peace rolls in…because our dependence on resources is replaced with our obedience to the only resource that really matters…
Our relationship with Christ.
Doing what is right can cost us sometimes.
But that is a stand that is always worth taking, knowing that the future is completely covered.
Not by something we can see yet, but rather who we can know will take care of it.
It’s the essence of faith.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see.”
That’s the confidence that helps us make the decision we need to, with full assurance he will see it through.
I hope that encourages you to stand firm in faith that being obedient to Christ trumps being dependent on anything else.
That going #IntoTheDeep is the only way to live.