Luke 5:1 – And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
Luke 5:2 – And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
Luke 5:3 – And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Luke 5:4 – Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
Luke 5:5 – And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
Luke 5:6 – And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
Luke 5:7 – And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Hello readers, help me land the fish! I’ve been thinking about the subject of fishing for Jesus Christ of late. I’ve been meaning to do a blog on this topic for a good while now, because it’s just such a great picture of the gospel. Jesus said to the disciples who he called in Matthew 4:19 ” Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Do you want to catch souls? That’s the big catch in this life. You can be in God’s business rather than being absorbed in your own business and busyness your whole life. Better than advancing self is seeing others enter the kingdom of God.
In Matthew 13:47 Jesus Christ likened the kingdom of heaven ” unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind”. When you tell people the gospel, you are casting your net. And we all should be casting our net out. Tell people the gospel, tell people the word of God, stand for truth, let your light shine in this world pointing people to salvation in Jesus Christ. You can and you should get involved in the fishing business.
Jesus told Peter to launch out into the deep, and when they were there, to chuck his net out, get your net in the water. So often our nets are not in the water, we want to keep our net dry. It’s all folded up as we live a shoreline Christianity. There’s no launching out into the deep, oh no, we want to stay in the shallows, and maybe cast a line from the shoreline rather than getting out into the deep water where the fish are. Not many people are too keen on getting that sea anymore to fish. That sea can be rough business out there can’t it, it’s liable to whip up into a storm on you, and it’s deep water when you look over, living by faith is ground we aren’t too keen on in life are we.
“Let down your nets for a draught”. I just can’t believe how great this picture and this truth is of fishing out on the sea with Jesus. I can’t control the draught. I can’t bring the draught. I can’t fill my net up. All I have to do is obey Christ, let down my net, and trust him to bring the draught of fish. It is up to God to bring the draught of fish, but we also have a responsibility, we have to make sure our nets are washed and mended and ready to go, in working condition and ready to be let down to catch those big fish, that big catch out there in the deep.
You don’t know what you are going to catch, and you’ll never know if you never get out into the deep. Get out into the deep water of Christianity, if you never get out of your depth, you’re never liable to find. Don’t be afraid of the deep water, for in the deep water, when you’re way out of your depth, that’s where Jesus Christ wants you, and where Jesus has the big catch for you. They were in the deep, but they were floating on the deep, because if you are in the ship with Jesus, if you are in relationSHIP and fellowSHIP, you’re safe out in the deep with him.
A lot of people are looking for their big catch in life. They’re trying to catch a man or a woman that they like. They’re trying to catch that pay raise or that dream job. They’re trying to catch that experience or that feeling or that ambition and goal and dream… but fishing for Jesus Christ is so much better. His business is so much better than a selfish life trying to catch for yourself. You can fish for yourself and catch nothing, or what you catch doesn’t last you long anyway, or you can fish for Christ, get into the eternal business and the real full net life.
When Jesus called his disciples they were washing and mending their nets. We all need to wash that net out once in a while. The word of God will wash it out real good. Your net has to be washed and mended to catch a soul. You’re not going to catch them with your opinions and theories and philosophies and big words and wisdom… no, wash all that junk out your net. Your net has to be the truth and authority of the word of God. Wash your net out. Plenty of garbage can get in there and clutter it up and put holes in it. Make sure you’re reading your Bible. Make sure you know what God’s word says. Make sure you know what the gospel is, what is salvation, who is Jesus and why did he need to come and die on the cross? Fix that hole in your net, because you’re useless fishing with a net that don’t work.
Well one day Jesus Christ boarded a ship that Peter was in. And he told him to launch out into the deep and ye shall find. Peter only did it because Jesus told him to. He told Jesus why it wouldn’t work, there was nothing out there to catch. Now is not a good fishing time Jesus, come back later. The biggest catch won’t be when you think it is. Maybe you are used to barren fishing, and maybe you think this couldn’t work, won’t work and can’t see how it would work… but that’s when God goes to work. Peter was used to failure. He’d been trying to catch all night and caught nothing. There’s no fish out there Jesus. Ever felt like that? There’s just no fish out there. Everyone hates Christ, everyone rejects truth, and my net is empty. I am unfulfilled and my life is barren toil. Peter got used to throwing that net out and bringing nothing back in. But that day with Jesus Christ, because he obeyed Jesus Christ, he caught the catch of his life and it got him in the real fishing business.
And today, I wanted primarily just to highlight Peter asking for help landing those fish. Because he caught so many fish he couldn’t bring them in himself! I get to tell people the gospel in my life and at my workplace, and there is nothing more annoying than people who instead of being “partners” as Peter had out there, instead of being able to help catch a soul for Christ, they instead could help more by not helping rather than lending a hand. Are you someone that can be a partner with someone else, and even if you’re in a different ship, you’re in the same fishing effort? Often when someone get’s saved they heard the gospel from multiple sources, from multiple people, it was a cooperative and collaborative effort. And that’s what we see here. Jesus said to pray for labourerS not just a laborer. We all need to be out there on the sea, and your boat might be a little different to mine, and your calling may be a bit different, and your skills may be different and your capacity may be different… but together we can help to land the biggest catch ever.
Fellow Christians should be partners in the soul winning effort. This is not just a solo job with you on the sea alone, there should be some other ships out there, other boats out there, other people who are also telling people the gospel. People that can help you in landing a soul. Because ultimately, the catch is not mine, but the catch is Christ’s. It’s his glory, he brings the draught, he tells where to go and when to go and what to do, I just get to be part of it and see God’s miracle.
See I have a simple little role in all this, all I am commanded to do is shove off from my shoreline, from sitting around doing nothing, get out into some deep waters where the fish are and cast my net out. Get involved in obeying Jesus Christ. That’s all Peter did. Jesus did the knowing, Jesus had the know how, Jesus did the directing, Peter did the obeying. It’s God that brings the fish. Whenever I’ve gone fishing in my life, I haven’t had too many successes at it, it takes a lot of patience, skill, know how, experience and good fortune. And even then most fishermen have more misses than hits. But with Jesus Christ, expect your net to get full of fish. Maybe you don’t have a full net Christian life because you’re on the shoreline, you’re trying to see what’s going on out there rather than being out there yourself?
This is a blog to those that are in the “other ship”. Not all of us are superstars, and in fact none of us, and many of the most effective soul winners you may never know of, hear of, or whatever. There are a lot of other ships out there, they may not have names or get the glory, but they played a vital role in landing the catch. Your name doesn’t matter, landing the catch for the glory of God is what matters. Come and help! That’s what Peter was saying to the guys in the other ship, help us out here. When Christians should be helpers, they are rather helpless. When Christians should be helpers, instead they need to be helped. Note, the people on the shore who wanted to hear the word of God but didn’t want to go out into the deep, they couldn’t help, because they were not out there. Many people want to hear, but they don’t want to leave land. They were pressing on Jesus, and many people are pressing to hear, but not ready to obey, not ready to DO.
You may just be a partner in the other ship, but you are just as valuable as every other ship out there. At least they were out there. It wasn’t their net which caught the fish, but they got their boat filled before long. There’s enough fish for all the ships out on the lake fishing with Jesus. God will fill all the boats. Soul winning isn’t about winning people to you, it’s about winning people to the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s his catch, I’m just working for him obeying him, because I am so grateful he drew me out of the sea unto himself, I’m glad one day he caught me.
Peter tried catching for himself, and for all his toil that night, he caught nothing. It’s when he fished for Christ that he caught the catch of his life. Stop trying to catch for yourself. People are trying to make people followers of them. Nowdays on facebook or wherever, it’s all about my followers, my likes, the approval and popularity I’m getting, because that’s how I measure success. Hey, the Pharisees did that too, they were competing for “followers”. But fishing for Jesus isn’t about making followers of you, it’s about converting people to Christ. Lift him up, and he will draw all men unto himself. The problem half the time, or most of the time, or all of the time… we are lifting ourselves up, our intellect, our wisdom, our pride, our big words, all our garbage, and that is not drawing people to Christ, but repelling people.
Make sure you are not a repellent to other people being saved. Make sure you are not preventing other people to be saved. Get this… make sure your life is not a case of “the best way you can help is by shutting your mouth.” Imagine that, when the best thing you can do for someone is not doing anything. Hopefully none of us every get to that point of uselessness for Christ. There are a lot of professing Christians out there causing the name of Christ and the way of truth to be evil spoken of .They are repelling people, preventing people, hindering people from being saved, they subvert and pervert and distract and delay and cause doubt. That’s all they’re good for. And they’re good for nothing.
Get out on the sea and let down your net. Don’t stop telling people the gospel just because you’re used to not catching anything. Oh ok Jesus I’ll let my net down Peter said, I’m only doing it because you’re asking me too. That’s what we are like. But at least he was out there, and because he was out there, he got to experience the power of God. There were a lot of people on the land, not many out there fishing. Not many are in the fishing for Christ business. Tell someone the gospel, tell someone how to be saved. You never know what draught God is going to bring through. And you know, draught is a Holy Spirit word, because a draught is “the act of drawing”. When you leave the door ajar, you might feel a draught as air is being drawn through and you shiver… well God is going to bring some fish your way, that draught is going to come through your life, is your net ready for it? Or will the fish go on past because your net wasn’t out there, or you weren’t out there, or your net was full of holes because you’ve been a lazy and slothful and negligent and disobedient Christian?
I know I’ve brought out a number of thoughts today just from the simple picture of fishing with Jesus Christ. Jesus called fishermen, and he’s called you to be a fisherman for him. They traded in fishing for themselves for fishing for Christ. A full net life and a full boat of fish is putting Jesus Christ first. You want fulfillment? Get in the boat with Jesus. Get in the fishing business. Not because you have to, not because you’re trying to earn favour with God, not because you’re trying to be a better Christian than someone else, but because you want to, because it’s the least you can do, because that’s where your big catch in life is. There is nothing better than telling people the gospel and seeing someone saved. Get out on the sea, be a helper, be someone that can help land the catch of your life. Be a partner, not a parasite, not a pest, not a preventer. This was such a wonderful story to think on, and may we be push off from our safe shoreline, get out into the deep, cast our net out. That’s all you gotta do, let down your net, see what God will bring into your life… which you’ll miss if you’re not out there and your net is not down and ready for it.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)