The Outcome to follow
Luke 5: 8-11 “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
The outcome of the miraculous catch of fish was so they received their calling. The outcome was so that they would leave everything and that they would follow Jesus.
The men heard a call. “From now on you will catch men.” The word is ‘zogreo’ it means ‘to capture alive’ or ‘to spare life’.
The men had caught fish to kill them now they would catch people to free them. They will be involved in the miraculous catching of people.
Jesus still uses the same call to us today.
The men left everything. For them they would form a band of 12 disciples of Jesus, this would be a full time position which needed them to leave their work places.
For us … this is a call of surrender. It is a call to leave a divided loyalty and committing solely to Jesus. Later in Luke 14: 26 Jesus says, “ “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” That is hard to read but even more difficult to put Jesus first before family. When I say that I don’t mean the ministry/work of Jesus or the church/followers of Jesus before family, I mean Jesus.
Jesus still expects us to leave something today to follow him.
The men followed him. It means they walked the same road. The walk with Jesus is tough but joyful. There is pain but there is purpose. Following Jesus makes our lives meaningful. Waking in the morning and making that first decision to follow Jesus as you did yesterday is the rhythm of life that keeps you wholesome in every way.
Jesus reaches out to you today with the call to ‘Come’.