Foresake and Follow

A study of the passage Luke 5:1-11.

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 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.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 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.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
– Luke 5:1-11 (NKJV)

In order for a vessel to be used by Jesus, it has to be empty.

Jesus knew about the material problems which Simon and Peter had but made sure it was not of top priority. He first attends to the people and providing them with the word of God.

We have to be obedient to God even when we don’t understand his methods and his instructions.

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
– Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

God does NOT want to bless us if we are going to worship his blessings instead of worshiping him.

Blessings are NOT meant to overwhelm us or to make us sink, they are meant to cause us to give glory to God.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
– James 1:17 (NKJV)

Things to Remember:

  • God’s plans should always take priority over our plans.
  • God does not want us to worship his blessings.
  • The blessings of God are meant to be shared.