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Simon was doubtful but obeyed anyway…

Luke 5:5  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.”

Let’s refresh our memory about the first two points to this passage in Luke chapter 5.  Week one we talked about the fact that the four fishermen were washing their nets when Jesus approached them.  This wasn’t just an added descriptive detail to make the story more appealing… this was a spiritual statement of preparation that opens the door to the calling of Christ in our lives.  

How have you been washing your spiritual nets this week?  In week two we looked at the importance of making sure Jesus is commissioning the Launch.  He is drawing us into a deeper relationship and asking us to fish when we get there.  It is so important for us to be confident in His calling.  John 10:1-5 gives us a picture of this…Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”   Are you confident in the calling of Christ in your life?  Can you hear Him calling you, and calling our church into deeper waters?

This week we take a look at Simon’s response to Christ’s commissioning.  Jesus asked the fishermen to do something that made no sense to them.  The timing wasn’t right, the conditions weren’t right… they just didn’t see the point in it.  However, because the master asked them to, they launched.

So many times in our lives we are presented with callings and opportunities that don’t make sense to our understanding.  We look at the idea from our abilities and what has worked or not worked in the past and we reason the idea away.  I want to tell you that going all in with Christ is going to go against some of your natural responses.  Your humanity will not want to give up control and the pursuit of your own preservation.  That is the point though.  God knows that as long as we remain in control and our natural understanding governs our actions, we will be living below the calling He has for us.  When we let go is when we begin to grow into the fullness of His plan.

Our church is heading for deep water.  You are heading for deep water.  It may seem scary… it may seem too hard, but the lesson here is that when we hear the master call all we have to do is obey.  The Bible records Simon’s doubt on purpose.  God wants you to know that the reaction of doubt is not the issue… the issue is whether you are going to obey anyway.

This week I ask you to search your heart for areas where you haven’t given up control yet.  Where are you still doubting and haven’t launched out?  Do you believe that His Word is true?  Do you believe that His promises are for you?  Do you believe He can do miracles right here… right now?

He is calling…will you follow?