Total Allegiance

In Luke, chapter 5, Jesus arrives at Lake Genneserat where he finds Simon, James and John fishing. The crowds are pushing in around Him and so in order to teach them so that all could hear, He steps into Simon’s boat and proceeds to face the people and teach. When He is done, He instructs Simon to push out from shore and let their nets down to catch some fish.

Simon is tired, frustrated, and likely just wants to go home and go to sleep. He tries to explain to Jesus that they have been out all night and it just wasn’t their night. The fish had migrated somewhere else and it would be a waste of time to try and fish these waters today.

I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that as Simon was saying these things, he noticed Jesus giving him “the look.” You know, like, “Simon, Simon, Simon. You’ve been impressed with my teaching, you know a little about the miracles I’ve performed. Why can’t you just trust me?” So Simon relents, saying, “Ok, if you say so, we’ll try again.”

This time there were so many fish that one net couldn’t hold them all! When the light bulb finally went off in Simon’s head, he immediately bowed before Jesus and said, “I’m not worthy to be in your presence. Go away! I know you asked me to follow you before, but you’re out of my league!”

Jesus, reasserting His invitation, said, “If you come with me, instead of fishing like this, I’m going to teach you how to fish for men.” And the text tells us that Simon just left his fishing business – boat, nets and all!

For Simon, and for us, following Jesus means so much more than just believing He is our Savior, but He is asking us to completely walk away from our past and give Him our future.

Have you done that? If not, you can begin that journey today. It’s not just an adventure, but rather it’s the way to life like you’ve never experienced it before!

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