About a year ago, I watched a movie called Son of God. It was good. Maybe you’ve seen it. Towards the beginning of the movie, Jesus is talking to Peter on the Sea of Galilee. He was urging him to go fishing, but Peter kept insisting there were no fish. Jesus continued to talk, telling Peter basically trust him. Finally, Peter threw the net in the water, expecting nothing to happen, but it did. He pulled in net after net of fish, until he finally fell back against the mast of the boat, out of breath from the exertion of the haul.
Now it happened that while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), with the people crowding all around Him and listening to the word of God; that He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake, but the fisherman had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little distance from the shore. And He sat down and began teaching the crowds from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].”
Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were [at the point of] breaking. Luke 5:1-6 AMP
I’ve watched that movie a few times, certainly read the story in the Bible many, many times, but never really put it into perspective like I did this particular time. The way he fell backwards out of breath left me almost . . . speechless. Seeing it versus reading it, seeing the struggle and the effort he made to pull those nets in, it just left a serious impact on me when I saw it. And, sometimes God does that . . . He shows us things in new ways so we can better understand what He’s trying to say.
I was awestruck in that moment and all I could think of was look at the effort Peter put into what Jesus had told him to do. What do you think would have happened if Peter hadn’t thrown the nets in? He certainly wouldn’t have reaped the benefits of all those fish I don’t believe. But, more importantly, he wouldn’t have reaped the benefits of being obedient. God was willing to give him the blessing, but he had to put forth the effort to get it. He had to throw those nets in the water.
Don’t all of us do that sometimes? Hear God calling and just say no, no, no! Not me, not today. But doesn’t He deserve so much more than that?
And I, my friend, am no exception! I did it for a long time, actually. You see, I’ve always been a writer, even when I was little, I’ve always liked to write and tell stories. Most of my energy was focused on secular books, and while I see nothing wrong with that (because if God calls us to do something in the secular world, we should do it to the very BEST of our ability and talk to the audience He has put in front of us, bringing honor to Him through our work). But, that’s not what I am talking about. I had been led to write another book, one of my husband and me, and our marital journey, and I’d been led to write this blog. I just didn’t want to do it. I’d thought about it enough, pondered on it, wrote stuff down trying to get an outline together, but I never felt like I had enough to say, didn’t want to say the wrong things or be theologically incorrect. But, beyond that, could our story, could these words really help someone else?
I’ve always thought that it could, but I still wasn’t sure about it. Until recently. I began writing, and because God had led me to do it, it felt easier somehow. The words were easier to come by, they had meaning and deep passion. My work was for God, not just myself. And it was thrilling.
Just remember Satan is always on a path to stop us from doing what God has called us to do. He works overtime at it and goodness gracious, doesn’t he succeed so many times. He tells us we’re not good enough or that we’ll fail. He lies to us and deceives us and brings us to our knees with self-doubt, but we don’t have to doubt Jesus. How many times have you wanted to teach Sunday school but couldn’t because you just . . . couldn’t. Or serve in another capacity, or talk to someone you knew who needed to know about Jesus?
Don’t let the King of Lies trick you into thinking you’re not good enough, or to let your circumstances dictate what you can and can’t do. You were good enough for Jesus to die for, he loved you that much, and he is FOR you! Don’t we all let that fear, that stigma, that doubt eat at us until the very thing He has called us to do is lost in the back of our over-crowded, over-worked mind and put away with all the other laundry lists of the day?
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one–for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one–for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:31-34 NLT
I pray to be BRAVE! I pray God can use me and can glorify everything He puts in my path for His righteousness. I pray other people see our bravery and can use it to help them be brave too! We can stand for Jesus like He stood for us! We can walk bravely into the unknown because Jesus already paid the price, because it isn’t unknown to God. He knows our futures and our circumstances and he cheers for us! He loves us without a doubt, without question.
Ask God for wisdom when you’re unsure about what step to take. Pray unceasingly, never stop. Pray about everything, talk to your Father, He wants to know what’s going on in your life, what concerns you, what makes you happy, what makes you sad. And above all else, he LOVES you unconditionally!! That is an exciting thought, that no matter how we fail, or how we fall, He will still love us the very same, no matter what!
Throw your net in the water!
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