“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking… But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:4-6,9 (ESV)
The setting of this story is early morning after Simon and his associates have been fishing all night. Jesus comes and commandeers Simon’s boat so that he can sit and teach the crowds that are following Him. A very interesting aspect of this story is what is not included. Luke completely ignores what Jesus taught that day and instead focuses on the story of Simon’s lousy fish catch the previous night.
Apparently, something about not catching fish was more important than the actual teachings of Jesus.
One lesson Luke wants us to learn is that work done with Jesus is far more productive than work done without Jesus. When Simon listened to Jesus and threw out his nets again, the results were striking! We can spend our night working hard taking call in the hospital, but if we’ve done that work without including Jesus, all we’ve accomplished is medical work without any spiritual impact.
Our nets will be empty.
When we fail to include Jesus, we are forgetting He is God. When Simon saw the nets breaking, his reaction wasn’t joy over his catch. Instead his reaction was to fall before Jesus in fear. He now knew that Jesus was more than a teacher or a wise man. He knew Jesus was God.
As we seek to follow Jesus, we can treat Him as our teacher, drawing near to Him whenever we need advice. Or we can realize He is our God, bowing before Him in worship and giving our life completely to Him.
The choice is ours.
Practicing medicine fully submitted to Jesus as God will cause our nets to be filled with the kind of results that truly matter in eternity.
Prayer: Lord help me draw near to You today so that my efforts will produce the fruit that lasts into eternity.