Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Giving Jesus Complete Control
When Jesus gave Peter a lesson in fishing, Peter learned a lot more than how to increase his fishing productivity. Jesus intervened in Peter's business dilemma and gave him instructions on how he could catch fish, even though Jesus’ methods were unorthodox, even though Peter didn't think it would work. Jesus knew what he was talking about, and Peter caught so many fish that his nets almost broke.
It’s interesting to note Peter's response when he sees all the fish in the net. He responded in humility because he knew his own heart, and he had not fished by faith. He never believed for a minute that he would catch even one fish. So, when the nets started to fill up, Peter was again reminded that Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth—and of fish!
And as he is reminded of who Jesus is, he sees his own faithless, arrogant heart and knows his unworthiness to even be in the presence of Jesus Christ. Notice that the result of this experience for Peter is: First, he had success. Second, he understood Jesus better. Third, he saw himself more clearly.
I doubt Peter was as cocky or arrogant about his prowess as a fisherman after this. After all, the Carpenter had given him a lesson in fishing he would never forget. I also imagine he invited Jesus' advice and help in the future when he faced a fishing dilemma. He had learned that Jesus was his source, whatever his problem, because he is Lord.
Jesus longs for us to allow him to be a part of every area of our lives, to invite his control over the mundane, the everyday, the business matters of our lives, where we have in the past just tried to do everything ourselves.
And as we learn to do that more and more, not only will we find that we're more successful at what we do, but more importantly, we'll become better and better acquainted with Jesus, his power, his authority, and his concern for our needs. And as we know him better, we'll become more and more humble, recognizing how powerless we are and how much we need him.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”