Filling Your Nets
Faith is not a genie’s lamp! Faith is laying down what you think and obeying God’s word when it goes against everything you think you know.
Faith is taking the steps of obedience that release God’s power and provision in your life.
Luke 5:4-6 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But, Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (NKJV)
How does God lead us into our nets becoming full?
1. Be ready!
Mark 3:9 Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. (NLT)
Ready means to be in a suitable state for an activity, action, or situation; fully prepared: easily available or obtained; within reach. Are you prepared and available for how God wants to use you?
2. Check your attitude.
Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land (NKJV)
Are you washing, cleaning, mending, putting your time in, working hard, being diligent, AND keeping your boat in working condition?
God doesn’t test you with things that are easy to change your schedule around. He tests you when He knows it will be hard for you.
3. Is your “boat” available for His use?
Luke 5:2-3 And saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were their nets. Then, He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. (NKJV)
Luke 16:10 If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. (NLT)
Jesus is looking for people who will:
- let Him in their boat.
- give Him their time
- allow Him to disrupt their lives/schedules
- help Him even when they are tired and disappointed
- share their boat (time) & their catch (money) with others
- obey His words
4. Are you following/serving?
The reason Jesus didn’t need to ask to get in that boat is because Peter had been following Jesus, worked for Jesus, supported Jesus, gave his stuff to Jesus, and opened his house to Jesus for months before Jesus approached Peter to use his boat.
Peter was a follower/disciple of Jesus for over a year before he was called into full-time service in Luke 5.
Peter was going to have to go against everything he knew about fishing and trust a man who knew nothing about fishing.
In other words, can and will you follow Jesus when you don’t agree?
It is only when we see Jesus as the master of our lives will we give Him complete control! So, will we be like Peter and say, “MASTER, (not Rabbi) nevertheless at your word?” It’s only when Jesus becomes your master that the terms of faith are completed.
When we are willing to let Jesus be the master/commander of our lives, we have made ourselves available to have our nets filled. It is only then that our obedience leads to a DEEP and FULL life in Christ!
Christ-Centered for Life,