I’ve been washing my net…

28 Oct

for way too long.

Tonight, I heard one of the most challenging missions-centered messages I’ve ever heard.

The conviction upon the hearts of His people was heavy as we realized our negligence to reach our community with the glorious Gospel of God.

  “And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.”

Luke 5:1-2

As Jesus approached the water’s edge, He saw empty boats and fisherman occupied with a task other than fishing.

When He urged Peter to give it one more try, Peter reasoned, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing.” (Luke 5:5) He was saying, “Master, there’s no use. We’ve tried before and it’s not worth the time.” He had just finished washing his nets, and I’m sure he was a bit frustrated by Jesus’ request.

“Nevertheless at (His) word (Peter) let down the net” probably just to humor Him and prove that the fishing was pointless that night.

But what Peter pulled up that evening was enough to change His life forever.

 “And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Luke 5:6-8 

Enough to drive him to leave the coast of Galilee and all that he’d ever known.

 “And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.”

Luke 5:11

When we get a glimpse of what God can do in the hearts and lives of sinners, it will forever change us.

 We will cease from washing our nets and get out in our boats anticipating the great things He’ll perform.

We will notice the people we’ve passed over a million times before and won’t be able to turn away again without sharing our Jesus with them.

The fish are waiting, but we’re too busy washing our nets.

Oh that we would forsake all and follow Him!

“The problem has never been the Harvest, but the harvesters.”

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