Luke 5:4-5 - When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered and said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing,…"
Jesus wants Peter to let down the nets. Peter immediately starts complaining. Look at the first words that come out of his mouth, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing…"
The first thing that comes out of Peter's mouth is a complaint.
Peter doesn't have a strong faith in Jesus at this time, but I want you to know that he had already accepted Jesus' call to come follow Him. So he has enough faith to begin to follow Jesus but not enough to completely obey His commands.
Wow! Does that sound familiar to anyone besides me?
If you have enough faith to begin to follow Jesus that is awesome and really that is all the faith you need to make it to heaven, but the longer you are associated with Jesus the more your faith should grow.
Romans 10:17 - So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
This is why I tell people to read the Word of God. It will help you grow in your faith.
At first, Peter's faith isn't strong enough to get him to act without complaining, but once the complaining is through and he does what he is supposed to do look at the results.
There were so many fish in their nets they had to call in reinforcements to help them. They filled both boats with so many fish their boats began to sink.
Notice what Peter does next, he falls down at Jesus' feet and confesses that he is a sinful man.
That was the smartest thing Peter could have done and yes that would be the smartest thing we can do, fall down on our knees and confess to the LORD we are sorry and we know we are sinful men and women.
Peter and all of his co-workers were seized by amazement. It is time we start displaying our faith so those around us can be seized by amazement also.
When we have faith in Jesus, we are to display that faith so that others might come to faith or have their faith strengthened.
So what type of faith do you possess? The type of faith that affects others talk about or the type others don't even know you have?
Think On This:
God doesn't call us to be successful, but He does call us to be faithful.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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