“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing 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. 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. 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.”
Luke 5:1-7 NKJV
These guys had been fishing all night and they caught nothing. These are experienced commercial fishermen who made their living from fishing. Yet on this particular night they had gone out and labored all night and ended up with nothing. For these guys catching nothing meant there was no income for that day!
The Scripture says that they had left their boats and they were washing their nets getting them ready for the next nights fishing.
I would suspect these guys were bummed out, probably a bit agitated and upset! Their labors produced nothing! What’s the wife going to say? How are we going to feed the kids? How are we going to pay the bills?
Simon is on land tending to the nets and here’s Jesus in his boat. It causes me to chuckle when I think about this! I can see Jesus climbing into his boat and then asking Simon for his help.
He speaks directly to Simon, after getting into Simon’s boat, He asks him to move out from the shore so He could speak to the people, this multitude that had come.
Simon had a choice to make. Either help Jesus or finish cleaning his nets.
Simon said yes to Jesus and because of this one decision it would forever change his life. He would go from catching fish to being a fisher of men. Joining the Master on the most amazing faith adventure one could ever imagine.
Simon’s decision would not only lead to him and his fishing partners being blessed with an unbelievable catch of fish but it would cause the multitude to hear the message the Master brought.
After Jesus had finished ministering to the people He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon and his fishing buddies were about to be rewarded by the Lord!
Simon had another choice, another decision to make. Do what the Master says, or call it a day. Go home, go to bed and hope for a better tomorrow?
Simon didn’t hesitate and said, “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. 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.”
The Master needed to deliver His message and Simon cooperated with Him. He allowed Jesus to use his boat and as a result not only would Simon be blessed but all of his fishing partners as well.
Simon partnered with Jesus in His ministry and he was rewarded mightily! Simon sowed his boat and he received a NET BREAKING BOAT SINKING HARVEST!
God always rewards His children when they obey him. That’s His nature!
My friend, as your partner in God’s Kingdom business, expect to receive a NET BREAKING BOAT SINKING Harvest!