Jesus Always Fishes Catch & Release

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“And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets’… But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord’ … And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’” Luke 5:5, 8, 10

It seems like most people today have a certain level of respect for Jesus – they like Him and they like the things that He said – but they don’t see Him as Lord. This is exactly where Peter was when Jesus sat down in his boat and told him to go fishing one last time. He calls Jesus Master, which connotes a level of respect, and then Peter does what Jesus tells him to do. It’s like a high school student who hears his teacher tell him to do something, thinks he knows better and that the command is kinda dumb, but does it anyway because he doesn’t really wanna make a fuss about anything.

However, when Jesus really “comes into the boat of your life” and shows Himself to you truly, that level of obligatory obedience cannot remain. The same thing happens to Peter when he experiences the power and grace of Jesus. You know the shift has happened because he no longer calls Jesus Master, but Lord, and he falls down at His feet. This always happens when people come into the presence of the One and only, Holy God who created and rules all things.

The cool thing is that Jesus doesn’t leave us there to grovel. He tells us, “Don’t be afraid of the things that used to control you. You now have a new Lord and new Person to worship and follow. I have a new purpose for your life and it is to love me and to love others as I have loved you.” Jesus changes our lives radically and for the better and then He sends us out to live for His glory and the good of others so that we can be truly satisfied.

Have you seen Jesus for who He really is and what He came to do? How is He changing your life and calling you to go all in with Him?

Heavenly Father, open our eyes to see Jesus, to be transformed by Him, and to follow Him wherever He tells us to go. In His name I ask these things, so that You would be glorified in our lives, others would benefit, and our satisfaction would be in You. Amen.

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