Luke 5:1-11 (ESV)
1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,
2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”
6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.
7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken,
10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
“But at your word I will let down the nets.”
Peter, a professional fisherman, decided to trust a land-loving carpenter/rabbi who had just told him to do something he had spent all night proving wouldn’t work.
Lord, I don’t think this will work. But at your word I will do it anyway…
Do we have this same amount of trust?
Be baptized in order to be saved (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38). I don’t see what getting dunked in water has to do with being saved…but at your word, Lord, I will do it anyway.
Come to the worship assemblies (Heb. 10:25). I could just as easily pray and sing at home…or on my boat out on the lake…but at your word, Lord, I will do what you say.
Sing when you worship Me, and let the instrument you play be your heart (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). But I am really talented on the piano and guitar, and it would be great to use those talents in worship to You…but at your word, Lord, I will do what you say.
Completely avoid, even to the point of not eating with them or giving them a greeting, anyone in the church who is proven to be caught up in unrepentant sin (1 Cor. 5:1-13; 2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15; Tit. 3:9-11; 2 John 9-11; Rom. 16:17-18). I just don’t see how anything good can come from that at all…but at your word, Lord, I will do it anyway.
How much do we trust Jesus, really?