Lord, Because You Say So
“One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 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. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ 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.’” (Luke 5:1-5, NIV)
I’m fascinated by this passage. It’s the first example in the Gospels of what happens when we submit our lives to the Lord and do business God’s way. We experience supernatural provision when we humble ourselves before God. We see: (1) a crowd surrounding Jesus (2) fishermen washing their nets (3) boats sitting on the beach (4) Jesus climbing into Simon’s boat (5) Jesus asking Simon to row out, so Jesus can preach (6) Simon accepting Jesus presence in his boat and agreeing to His request (7) Jesus telling Simon to drop his nets (8) Simon arguing that he’s tired, declaring fish were not biting, then agreeing to Jesus’ instructions.
In verses 6-11, we see the results of Simon’s willingness to submit to Jesus and commit his business (fishing boat, nets, and labor) to Jesus for kingdom business. Jesus rewards Simon, James, and John (Simon’s partners) supernaturally with so many fish that nets begin to break and boats begin to sink. It’s a defining moment in Simon, James, and John’s life and business and in Jesus’ ministry. Simon falls at Jesus’ feet and says, “Depart from me Lord for I am a sinful man.” Jesus responds, “Do not fear, from now on you will fish for people.” Immediately, they leave everything and follow Jesus as His first disciples.
Child of God, we must be willing to accept Jesus when He suddenly appears in our lives. Like Simon, we must stop, put our agenda aside, and follow His instructions. Are you willing to allow Jesus to use your life, business, talents, and abilities for kingdom purposes? I encourage you to imitate Simon Peter. Say “Lord, because you say so, I will.” Dedicate your life and your business to Jesus for His purposes. There is more at stake than you know!
Lord, thank you for showing me that blessings and rewards follow obedience. Jesus, help me to trust you no matter how tired I am or difficult the task. Give me the grace to say, “Because you say so, I will.” Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.