When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
Luke 5:4-6 –
What I saw from this is Jesus challenging Peter’s approach to fishing. Jesus on one occassion says “I will make you a fisher of men” which means Peter would be an instrument by God to bring souls to Jesus! Yet he called him out into the deep, he will also do so with us if we truly desire to be more useful for His Kingdom. Christ calls for us to push into the deep, deeper love, deeper dependence on him, deeper humility and a deeper willingness to sacrifice much of what we want to gain what he wants to produce in us. Sometimes we may see our efforts to reach a lost and dying world as shallow efforts that seem to have left us saying “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing” and The Lord may have in mind to deepen his love in us, and bring us lower in sorrows, trials, hardships and losses so we may become even deeper in Him as a result and then by doing so He catches more fish through us. We often want ease and comfort and the paths pf least resistence but those times were we feel life is blowing against us, or the waters are rushing against our lives and problems drill at our hearts- he is doing good by mining gold out of us. He sends forth waters in the natural to wear a path through rock over time but the mighty rivers of the days of trouble burrow through the hard places in our hearts to create a way through us, he allows hardship to bear down on us but the after result is he brings forth gold from rocky places and makes us into caves that hold great spiritual treasures that were untapped before. He molds us into even greater vessels of His life so we can be of even greater service in His hands.