… he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:4-5
Simon Peter hauls his boat in from a long night of fishing with no success. He begins to clean his nets hoping for better luck tomorrow. Before he even finishes washing the nets, Jesus climbs into his boat and asks him to put it out a bit. With a front-row seat next to Jesus, Peter listens as Jesus teaches.
As Jesus wraps up His lesson, He tells Peter to put the boat in the deeper waters and let down the nets for a catch. Um…okay…but, you know we fished all night with no luck. The conditions haven’t changed. And you’re a carpenter, right??...what do you know about fishing? Peter might have been thinking. But Peter does it, and he is rewarded with more fish than the boat can handle. Peter could have called it a day, made excuses, even argued with Jesus, but he would have missed out on this beautiful invitation, “From now on, you will be catching men.” Jesus meets Peter in his place of work and weaves it into his calling.
Jesus teaches in boats, along the dusty roads, in homes, on the mountainside, and even in the synagogues. He wants everyone to have the opportunity to hear the good news. He meets His disciples – the ones to carry on His ministry – where they are working; in the ordinary course of doing their jobs. He meets them in their mess and monotony, but He doesn’t leave them where they are. He radically changes their lives. He has good news to share with them, so they, in turn, can share the good news with others.
Jesus meets us where we are too. In the ordinary, busy, messy and mundane. He says, “follow me.” We can look the other way, make excuses, try to tidy things up first, or we can follow Him and be radically changed. In our own power, we can fish all night with nothing to show for it, but Jesus has deeper waters He wants us to cast our nets in.
Question: What deeper waters might Jesus be calling you to cast your net into?