Launch Out Into The Deep!


In Luke 5:4-6, we read about a fishing story with Jesus and Peter, which we can learn from:

“When He [Jesus] had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], ‘Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered and said, ‘Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your word, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break…”

There are 3 lessons we can learn from this event:

1. Trying hard doesn't necessarily get the job done: Peter and his colleagues had “worked hard all night,” so no one can doubt their efforts. They simply were too shallow, and all the efforts in the world wouldn't have gotten them the catch they were hoping for.

2. The deeper life is the key to the abundant life: Remember the parable of the wise and foolish builders? Both built a house, but when the storms came, only the wise man's house was still standing. Why? Because, as Jesus said, he “dug deep and laid his foundation upon the rock.”

3. Doing things God's way, no matter how uncomfortable or unusual, will result in the greatest blessings: Think about Naaman in 2 Kings 5. He wanted to be healed of his leprosy, but was reluctant to follow the words of the prophet, because he preferred not to go and dip in the muddy Jordan River. It was only when he humbled himself that he got healed. Jesus Himself had to have this attitude in the Garden of Gethsemane, as He prayed “Father if you are willing, you can make this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” Peter was a professional fisherman, yet his willingness to “let down the net” (i.e., let down his pride) was what allowed him to obtain a great catch.

If you want to be greatly blessed, then do things God's way - get out of the shallow, and launch out into the deep!

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