Surrender Your Boat – Steve Clark
Surrender your boat – Surrender your livelihood – Surrender your life
Luke 5: 4-11 – The calling of Peter
1 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 A asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
4 B – 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;
C – 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
D – So they signalled 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
E – 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.
F – 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.
My Reflection on this:
A – Jesus asked to use Peter’s vocation / his business for His purposes first, to teach the crowd. Peter willingly surrendered his boat for God’s ministry.
B – When Jesus finished His purposes, He blessed Peter. Sometimes we have to wait, sometimes this blessing is unexpected. This required a step of faith on Peter’s part, put out into the deep waters. It wasn’t the ‘right time to move’. They had fished at the right time naturally but with no success. God’s timing is not necessarily man’s.
C – ‘nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net’. God gives us strategies in our vocation / business that require faith and trust. God blesses putting Him first, listening, obeying and trusting him.
D – This blessing is not just for us, it spills over to other business partners. Gods goodness cannot be hidden from others.
E – God’s generosity (and how He delivers it) brings conviction of unbelief and sin. It opens the heart for Him to work further in us and others who observe Gods abundance. We can feel unworthy because we have not earned His kindness, we may not have fully trusted.
F – Jesus built on Peter’s career experience; he used his vocation to demonstrate his new role and his calling. He used it to show that He would provide more than enough for Peter and his family. We are all called to ‘make disciples’, to be fishers of men. Look at where God has positioned you in your work place, in your business, who around you has he called you to catch for Him?
Lord I surrender my job, my vocation, my career, my business to you to use as you wish. Minister to the people through my business, my career, my vocation. Lord, God show me through your Spirit the strategies in my career / work / business. Lord show me too the strategies to be a Fisher of Men.
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