8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
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.”
I have a confession to make…I like to watch American Idol and the plethora of spin-offs of that genre. Its funny to see the people who think they are good only to get blasted off the stage from the panel of judges and experts sitting there. Most contestants are ok to bad and wont make it. But every so often there is a contestant that will come in and sing turn even the heads of these expert judges. The truth is, it takes a lot to impress someone in something they are experts at.
And that is exactly the scenario that Jesus walks into. Here is this prophet walking onto the scene and telling the genuine expert fishermen what side of the boat to throw their net onto! Spiritual matters a prophet is good for, but fishing? If we’re being honest here, Peter, James and John did not have to listen or entertain a word that Jesus said here. But for their own good (or maybe it was just that bad of a day at sea?) they listened and acted and got to witness this miracle. They saw for themselves that this man Jesus even had mastery over nature and that this Jesus was more than a prophet or man. They immediately dropped their nets and followed him.
I love this about Jesus. He is willing to drop into our every day lives and show us He is master even over everything; the things we are experts over to even the most mundane of tasks. Our job is to be willing to listen to his direction and guidance when we speaks.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.