Jesus Calls His First Disciples
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Commentary When Peter saw what Jesus had done he was awe struck, he realized how insignificant he was in comparison to Jesus. Peter knew that Jesus was healing the sick and driving out demons, but was amazed that He cared about the everyday routine and the needs of Peter. God is interested in not only saving us but helping us in our daily needs.
God has two requirements for coming to him. Like Peter we must recognize our own sinfulness. Then like these fisherman we must realize we can’t save ourselves.If we know we need help, and if we know that Jesus is the only one who can help use will be ready to leave everything and follow him.
What have you held onto tightly that you can’t allow Jesus to handle?
You have seen miracles in your life, when did you stop believing that God can handle every need?
If you have everything you need but still feel lost, would you give everything that you have to follow Him?
*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV