Read Luke 5:1-11.
Intro: In verses 1-3, Jesus preaches to a crowd in the presence of Peter, and in verses 4-7, Jesus performs a miracle for Peter. At this point, Peter had ministered with Jesus for about a year, so he knew Him, trusted Him. At the same time, Peter and his crew had been fishing all night without a bite (when was the last all-nighter you pulled for work?). He was wiped. So, when Jesus told him let down his net again, he may have been thinking that Jesus was crazy, but he was too tired to argue. He obeyed Jesus and let down the net.
I. Startled by the Greatness of God.
They caught so many fish that both boats nearly sank! What does Peter say? Not “Wow!” but “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Peter was a great fisherman. But even in regards to our gifts, talents, occupations, and greatest proficiencies, Jesus is still greater: He is Lord over all areas! Anything that I think I’m an expert in, compared to Jesus, I’m still a novice! God is supreme…in everything!
II. Surprised by the Grace of God
“Never minimize sin; always maximize the grace of God.” Isaiah 5, the prophet is pronouncing woe on everyone around him. In Isaiah 6, he sees the greatness of God and then includes himself in the “woe’d.” God is not giving up on me; He is continuing to pursue me! See Ephesians 3:8.
III. Submissive to the Call of God
Life is about more than fish; it’s about being fishers of men! It’s all work for the Kingdom, and even when we “catch fish,” it’s not us; it’s all God! Duty only goes so far; devotion picks up where duty ends.
Illustration: remember the following nursery rhyme:“Pussycat, Pussycat, where have you been?” “I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.” “Pussycat, Pussycat, what did you there?” “I frightened a mouse under her chair.”
How often am I “chasing mice” when in the presence of royalty?
To listen to the sermon by Dr. Doug Finkbeiner, click here.
Shared at the Heritage Bible Church Adult Retreat 2010 at the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center.