Fish for People

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Reading: Luke 5:1-11
Let’s put out into the deep.
Put out our nets and be fishermen of people.

Life is a journey. When a child is Christened he/she starts their journey; they take their first steps in the direction of being a Christian.

Christianity is often seen as a safe place. But it is not, it’s about taking risks, putting out in to the deep with Jesus. The journey is potentially dangerous because it is deep water where lurks danger and encounter.

In this passage Jesus gives us a template:
1. Obedience
Jesus gives an instruction, and the disciples obey because his call is the fulfilment of life. Simon Peter could be viewed in this passage as a bit grumpy; reluctantly doing what Jesus instructed him to do (verse
2. Resources / Skills
What resources and skills do we have that we can bring to God’s Kingdom?
The disciples had nets, boats and experience, and God used that.
Sometimes we ask ourselves the same question, thinking we haven’t got much. But Jesus uses whatever we have to offer and transforms it into an abundance.
3. Collaboration
The Kingdom of God is always about collaboration. In this passage the disciples needed help from another boat to help with the catch. In collaboration they deal with the outcomes – outcomes matter in God’s Kingdom.
4. Identity
Simon-Peter realises that this abundance has happened because of Jesus. He puts the success at Jesus’ feet and he falls to his knees. Verse 8: “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
Jesus does not disagree with Simon-Peter’s statement, but rather elevates him: “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
Jesus says “don’t be afraid” because it is fear that stops us from going out in faith.

When we read the Bible we realise that our experiences are not unique. Throughout history people have experienced similar situations, similar relationships and problems. Jesus has given us a template for obedience, using our resources and skills, working in collaboration whilst being assured of our identity with Jesus.