3 Questions (Kind of)
1. Have you ever been asked to do something you really didn’t want to do?
2. Have you ever been asked to do something you really didn’t want to do; but you did it anyway?
3. Have you ever been asked to do something you really didn’t want to do; but you did it anyway; and it ended up paying off?
I remember one time when I was a teenager. My parents “asked” (more like forced) me to help this lady move in to her new apartment. I didn’t want to do it. But my parents told her I would help, so I did. The lady asked some of my friends to help out too, so when I showed up I wasn’t too upset anymore. After a few hours, we got all of her stuff moved into her second floor apartment. The three other guys and I got into the elevator and as we were headed down to leave, the elevator got stuck. It was 100+ degrees outside, so you can imagine how hot it was in that little elevator with four guys inside. Thirty minutes later, the elevator doors were finally opened and we were down to our underwear trying to stay cool. It sucked, But we were fine. The lady ended up giving us about $20 each, something we weren’t expecting, but were truly grateful for. Especially me, who didn’t want to help her in the first place.
The other day I was thinking about Jesus calling the disciples to follow him, and I was thinking about the part where Jesus tells them to throw their nets out into the water in Luke 5:1-11.
As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I’ll let down the nets.”
One of the first things to notice is where it says “the fishermen had left them (their boats) and were washing their nets.” Why is it so important? It’s because they were done with their shift. They had been out all night fishing, hadn’t caught anything, had come in, tied up their boats, and were cleaning their nets. Cleaning their nets took a long time, it was a couple hour process. But Jesus tells Simon, to get in his boat and take him out into the water so that the crowd gathering around could hear him speak. I would probably be pissed. But it shows that Simon had an encounter with Jesus, because he didn’t question him, he just did it anyway.
So Jesus tells him to let down the Nets, and Simon says: “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I’ll let down the nets.” Once again, he knows there’s something different about Jesus, and while he is telling him that it didn’t work when they threw their nets out in the deep overnight, he said he would do it anyways, because he knew there was something special about Jesus.
Then, what shouldn’t have happened, happened.
When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
They caught so much fish, that their nets started to break and their boats began to sink. Sometimes Jesus will call you to do the uncomfortable, but it will always pay off, if we obey him.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord! ” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took, and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners. “Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people! ” Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him.
Final thoughts: God’s will for your life may not seem the most appealing, but he always knows better than you. He may ask you to do something that sounds insane. He may call you away from the comfortable and into the unknown, like he did with the disciples, but he proves over and over that he will take care of you. Don’t let your head get in the way of what God is placing on your heart.