July 12, 2009

Launch into the deep

Luke 5:4-11
Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.

And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Peter said, "Depart from me."

He didn't say, "Let me go," nor did he leave. Jesus was in his personal space. He had nowhere to go.

Even more interesting, Jesus didn't leave him to his fishing; rather, he left his fishing for Jesus.

Do we need Jesus to get into our personal space and to beat us at our own game in expert mode before we can give it all up and follow him?

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