Message From the DS – October 2017

Greetings in name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Luke 5:3-5 esv

3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 

4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 

5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”

 

This is the call story of Simon Peter. And we see Jesus intention in this story. First, Jesus just shows up. Verse 3 says “getting into one of the boats”, which was Simon’s. Jesus didn’t ask Peter, saying can I get into the boat, because we know there are two boats. Jesus knows that boat was Peters. He just gets himself into that boat. Jesus sometimes just shows up.  He doesn’t ask our permission, but he just walks into our lives. Is this happening in your life? Did Jesus walk recently into your life? How did you respond to that? Did you say get out of here? Did you say, I’m too busy, I fished all night long, come back tomorrow. We need to be like Peter in the story. Peter doesn’t say anything, he obeys Jesus leadership. That led him to hearing the message of Jesus. Verse four says “and when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon”. In other words, Peter, even though he was tired, was there to hear the message. And after the message Jesus is giving Peter an application. The personal application was this: Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. I believe Jesus still challenges us to put out into the deep, the unknown, in our lives. If we don’t explore the unknown, the unknown will never be known to us and we will miss out on a blessing. What is your deep in your life? Maybe we are too scared? Maybe we haven’t done it that way? Maybe we don’t like to do something we aren’t good at? But Jesus said, let down your nets for a catch. Investing in the unknown for a catch. I pray that you and your church hear this message because if we do only the things we know, we will always get the same results. So, I invite you today to let down your nets, your resources, your energy, your ministry, your life…out into the deep.

In verse five Simon answered, master we toiled all night, and took nothing. Three challenges are listed there. First, we toiled. In other words, we worked hard on that. We have done that. Do not let your past failure determine your future. But let Jesus speak into your future. The second challenge was “all night”. In other words, we gave our best. We must remember giving our best is not trying our best. But trusting in the word of God is our best. The third challenge was “and took nothing”. In other words, it did not work. Nothing happened. We must know when nothing happens in life we need to turn to Jesus. Jesus is everything. Peter was not ignoring the reality, he says it. It is challenging to me what you are saying Jesus because we toiled, we worked all night, and we took nothing and you sound like you know what you are saying, but I have worked all night and you weren’t here. I am a fisherman and you are not. It did not work. Peter was keenly aware of his reality. But his response to Jesus was this, “but at your word, I will let down the nets.” What a statement. Remember Peter is tired. Remember he already washed his nets. My wife and I, we have a saying at night because we usually get the munchies at night. I tell my wife, when she suggests a snack, I already brushed my teeth. Remember Peter already washed his nets, but he is obeying the word of God.

I believe this conversation happens in an intimate level with Jesus. And in that conversation, we must surrender. Peter was tired. Peter was experienced. Peter gave his best. To that, Jesus is speaking to Peter. When Jesus speaks to us, Jesus knows exactly where we are. Listen to him today for victorious life.

Amen.

DS David Kim