I’ve blogged about this passage before, but it hit me again this morning, so I will risk sounding a repetitive note. Here goes:
When [Jesus] had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.“
Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”
I want to be like Peter. I want his words to be my automatic response when the Master tells me to do something. Even when it doesn’t make any rational sense, I want to answer Him, “I will do as You say.”
It made no sense to Peter to put his nets out again. They had fished all night long and not caught anything. He was a fisherman with vast experience. He knew when the fish weren’t there, they just weren’t there. But despite his knowledge, He said, “Yes,” to Jesus. The result of his obedience? They caught so many fish, Peter had to call for help. They caught so many fish, the wiggly scaly things nearly swamped two boats.
And then, seeing how even nature obeyed Jesus, Peter caught a glimpse of Who Jesus really was and also of his (Peter’s) own sinful nature. He fell down at Jesus’ feet in awe and worship and confession, and that was when Jesus promised to make him a fisher of men.
So Peter left everything to follow Him.