Luke 5:1-11, ” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
I find it humbling some men in the bible who encountered our Holy God, seen Him in His power, majesty, glory, splendor were not left excited in the experience to talk about, rather left they were left in awe which led them to humility, broken and overwhelmed by the presence of the Almighty God. His presence revealed things in their lives leaving them feeling unworthy of such awesome presence yet desired.
Today I hear people who claim to have been to heaven writing books, appearing in talk shows, invited to talk about their experiences in heaven which raises enough red flags. In listening to Justin Peters of “A call for discernment” ministry talking about Paul who went to heaven (2Corinthians 12), shares how Paul first felt unworthy to have had such an experience, Paul even referred to himself in the third person to prevent him from boasting. If you read his encounter, he’s comes back humbled and even in his humility, he was still given a thorn in the flesh to humble him even more and could not talk about what he saw in heaven.
Now think of Peter in Luke 5, multitude drew close to listen to Jesus preach. At this time, Peter had not received his calling, he was a fisherman in business. In this story, the professional fishermen had caught nothing the previous night. At this point they had gone away washing their nets nursing disappointment. Jesus seeing Peter’s boat asked him to push it a little into the water so as to use it as a pulpit. Upon finishing preaching, He told Peter to launch into the deep vs. 5-6, “5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking”
If faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), Peter heard the word that day and took Jesus at His word. He did as he was instructed and had the greatest catch of his life. This is to show the power of God in the presence of the unworthy of it. It also shows the presence of the One who holds all the power that makes a difference. But did this demonstration make Peter excited and gave him something to talk about? contrary, vs. “8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”. He was amazed at the greatness of the miracle wrought, and struck with the sense of the power of Christ, put forth therein; and with the greatness of His majesty so near him; and as conscious to himself of his own vileness and unworthiness to be in his presence. In his unworthiness, Christ gave him what he did not deserve, grace.
In his state, Christ called him to do what he could not do on his own power but under His power, made fishers of men. For what he had seen, he knew that if anything was going to happen, it was going to happen because Christ in His power would work something extraordinary in the life of a man who counted himself unworthy. These are the people who are candidates for grace and these are the people Christ fills with Himself and lives His own life through them demonstrating His miracle power. And this is how when we preach Christ, sinners would be struck by the power of Christ bringing them to their knees as they see their unworthiness before a holy and just God and with one cry say, “what must I do to be saved”
How I desire for God to so work in us to bring about that sense of Awe that reminders us of our unworthy as He demonstrates His power. And with His call in our lives, people would tremble at the presence of the power of Christ in us. That those who have mocked Christ, his children, His work will tremble before a just and holy God and repent of their sins, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”, Philippians 2:13. We need the power of the Holy Ghost to keep us humble and empower us to do His work. We only catch what He has caught because of His great power. Oh that we would know, “… what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”, Ephesians 1:19, blessings Ev
- I Must Exalt Christ, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)