Luke 5:1-11

Luke 5:1-11

I believe we will do ourselves a service if we will put in the back of our minds, "Lord, I am willing if You have something for me to do... If You will put the words in my mouth, I will open my mouth, and I am willing."I believe we will do ourselves a service if we will put in the back of our minds, “Lord, I am willing if You have something for me to do. If the people come, if my neighbor shows up, if I see the broken down car, if I’m standing in the grocery store line and I see the look of worry on my neighbor’s face, Lord, I’m willing. If You will put the words in my mouth, I will open my mouth, and I am willing.” But so often, we do just the opposite, “Oh, God, if I have to. Lord, You know how busy I am, and after all, my favorite program is coming on in half an hour.” And we lock ourselves into our own lives…

And that’s another problem I think sometimes we have. We do things with a bad attitude or a wrong attitude, and we do it just to appease the person, but because our attitude is wrong, we’ve really not done anything to benefit them or ourselves…

Jesus is not hindered by our appeasements. Jesus is not stopped because we don’t believe in Him. Jesus will still do what Jesus needs to do in this world to see people saved. He will still perform the miracles that He wants to perform whether we want to be part of it or not…

You know what hinders us from seeing the great miracles in our life? The great fulfillment of God in our life? Because we’re so much like Peter. I am so much like Peter. I allow doubt, misgivings, personal agenda, to drive me, and then when God wants to do a miracle, because I am so distracted by my own life, that, oh yeah, I’m willing sometimes to be involved, but with that same attitude that Peter had. “Well, let’s get this over with. Let me show God that He doesn’t know what He’s talking about this time.” And then I always find myself amazed and astonished when God does the miracle. There’s a lot of things in this life that we don’t want to do. There’s a lot of things in this life that God calls us to do. That we will make excuses why we can’t be part of it. We make excuses why we shouldn’t do it. We’re like Peter sitting on that shore, cleaning our nets, saying to ourself, “I’ve done all I can. What more do they expect of me? I’ve done all I can. Why should I be involved any more? I’ve done all I can. I worked hard all night.” You know what? Appease God from time to time, and see the miracle that He does in your life…

This is the response, I think, that Jesus is desiring to see in us more often. That we’re willing to let Him be God. We’re willing to let Him have His way. Our motives may, from time to time, be wrong when we enter into ministry, when we do the things that God asks us to do, but at least try to be willing. You might be surprised that you’ll see great things happen. The one thing, I hope, that we always see happen when we find ourselves involved, even when we don’t want to, is that God is able to reveal us to ourself. That God is able to reveal my heart, show my sin, to allow me to see my selfishness so that I’m able to deal with it, because Jesus always has greater things for us to do. It’s easy to get caught up in our own little world, like I said before. Our own little piece of importance. To think that we are so significant in what we have laid before us…

I think one of the things that holds us back the most is our fear. Our fear of failure. Our fear of how people are going to perceive us. How we’ll be accepted. We let fear drive us in so many areas of our life, and that fear stops us from stepping out boldly to serve the Lord. It stops us from stepping out boldly in the grocery store line or from going over and praying with our neighbor when we know our neighbor is having a hard time. Fear stops us from stepping out into the situation because it’s unknown to us, so we let the guy sit on the side of the road when he’s broken down. I’m not saying that we need to stop every single time, but be open in your heart if the Holy Spirit should say, “I want you to stop for this one,” that we would stop rather than say, “Sorry, God. I have a policy. I don’t stop for anyone…” You may be stopping the work. You may be failing to throw your nets into the water at just the right time to have a catch…

You know what happens when you throw out your net for a catch? You may get some undesirable fish. There may be some fish there that are too small; immature that you’ll have to throw back. You may get some kind of creature that lives in the water that’s not a fish that you don’t want to have any part of. But the only way to really fish effectively is to throw the nets out and take what you get. And I see this fear within churches, that they’ve stopped throwing out the net. They want to fish with a pole; take them one at a time, because we’re afraid that we might get someone who is undesirable. Someone might come in and take advantage of my church. We crawl into our little lives, and we set boundaries for ourselves because we’re afraid that something undesirable might approach us. Jesus wants us to catch. He wants us to catch men…

It is not about our comfort. It is not about our position in life. It is not about our place of importance in this life. It’s about being prepared always to step out. To push the boat out into the water even if we have worked hard all night, to allow Jesus to have His way, because when Jesus has His way, there will always be a catch. There will always be an abundance within that catch, and we can be part of that. He desires for us to be part of what He’s doing. We’ve just got to choose.

Dave Elkins

Previous
Luke 4:31-44