Tools 3: God’s Net In Your Hands, Evans Olang

Luke 5:10-11 “10…And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him

Peter was one of the most ordinary people in the bible any of us can identify with. He wasn’t the sharpest pencil in the box yet he was one of the closest disciples to Jesus. His calling was remarkable having been taken from his fully understood occupation of fishing fish to a new occupation of fishing men. Acts 4:13 describe him and John as uneducated and untrained men. You have to understand that Peter was a professional fisherman; this is what he knew to do but even his professionalism was limited to things beyond his control.

We see in this passage how Peter and 3 others had toiled all night fishing catching nothing, and were now somewhere washing their nets. Jesus then requests to use Peter’s boat to teach the crowd and then turns to him and says, in vs. 4, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 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.” They took Jesus at His word and had a great catch, bigger than what they could imagine or think. Did that make Peter to go home happy? No, it made him to drop on his knees and repent of his sins.

The Lord takes a disadvantage and turns it into an advantage. Only God could do this spectacular thing. Jesus then says to him, vs. 10, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him”. I can see that the miracle was not for advancing his business but for greater calling.

Jesus could have called fish into the boat, or make them float. We see that Jesus used Peter’s skills to net out what He Himself had already provided. He then tells him that he will be fishers of men using the same concept of fishing to lead people to Himself. Jesus allows you to catch fish He has already provided, take the Lord at His word. Expect to catch fish where you least expect it. The Lord was going to use his fishing skills for a different purpose. How do we sometimes lose what we have when we get saved instead of turning it and letting the Lord use it. God can use your personality, sales skills, creative ideas, singing, poetry, writing, etc. to accomplish His will in reaching the lost. God will have us to be diligent, purely in duty to His command and dependent upon His goodness, rather than with an assurance of worldly success.

In the day of Pentecost, Peter lowered the net of the gospel and caught 3,000 people the Lord had provided. In (Acts 4) he lowered the nets of the gospel again and caught about 5,000. What does this tell us?, God can use anything in our hands for His glory if we let Him. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those whom He has called. We now have to take the gifts He has given us, the gifts we used to serve the devil and turn them around and use them to serve His purposes. Do you have a net you have not let down for a catch? This is the time. Do something, do something, do something. Blessings Ev

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