Obey What Jesus Says

Jesus said. “From now on you will fish for people” (Eyewitness Luke 5:10b).

Eyewitness: p. 53 and p. 259-260.
In your Bible: Luke 5:1-11; John 5:4-12 and 21:1-11.

Two remarkable events occurred on the beach at the Sea of Galilee. The first was when Jesus called his disciples and the second was when he appeared to the disciples after the crucifixion.

Obedience

A large crowd pressed in on Jesus as he taught the Word. Jesus needed more space so he asked Simon for the use of his boat. When Jesus finished speaking to the crowd, he turned to Simon who was on the shore washing his nets. “Go to deep water and let down your net for a catch” (Eyewitness Luke 5:4).

IMG_0193 (1)Simon was blunt with Jesus. “Master, we have worked all night and caught nothing, but because you say so, I will go out and let dawn the net” (Eyewitness Luke 5:5). [In obedience to Jesus, but not believing there’d be a catch, he did as Jesus commanded.] This time, they caught so many fish their net started to break (Eyewitness Luke 5:6). Jesus continued, “From now on you will fish for people” (Eyewitness Luke 5:10b).

Listen

After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection a remarkably similar event occurred again at the Sea of Galilee. The disciples had fished all night and caught nothing. The disciples were frustrated. Jesus, whom they didn’t recognize at first, saw their dilemma. He asked if they’d caught any fish. Then he told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. Their boats didn’t sink nor their nets nearly break. Everyone present was surprised by the huge catch. There were 153 fish, yet their nets were not torn (Eyewitness John 21:11b). *

When walking with Jesus, hearing his voice, or asking Jesus for something – listen and obey.

Prayer: Father, I too want to clearly hear your voice. I will listen and obey.

Questions: When you get frustrated how well do you take advice? When believers get frustrated, Jesus is ready to come to our rescue. How can we improve our listening and obedience to the Lord?

* John Darby’s Synopsis of the Bible, Christianity.com website.

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