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When Christ Calls

When Christ Calls

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When Christ Calls
 Jesus was purposefully (
with intent 
) walking along the Sea of Galilee: Luke 5:2-3, “And sawtwo ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washingtheir nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that hewould thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people out of the ship.”Christ had used Simon Peter’s boat as a stage from which to teach the people, but also hadadditional purpose in his request. Luke 5:4-5, “Now when he had left speaking, he said untoSimon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answeringsaid unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless atthy word I will let down the net.” Simon was a fisherman by trade and no doubt had manyyears of experience (
 probably an apprentice in his youth
). Jesus was not taken to be afisherman with any such skill. Peter had labored hard all night, using his skills and abilities,yet had produced no results. He was probably tired and frustrated from his efforts. Jesus wastelling Peter to put aside his self-sufficiency and not trust in his experience (
reliance on self 
), but rather to go forth into the unknown (
the deep
) in faith at Christ’s command. Peter didn’tquestion (
 gainsaying, doubt 
) Christ’spurposes or authority or correct, nor instruct Him, as allthe religious leaders constantly did. He just submitted to Him (
as Master 
) through a willingheart and obeyed. Peter didn’t dispute or doubt, but went forth at Jesus’ word (
based upon Jesus’ direction
). Luke 5:6, “And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.” Man’s efforts had produced no results, but the situation wasreversed through obedience and submission to God. The results exceeded all expectations.Man, by seeking his way will ultimately result in failure. When man submits to God (
in all things
) in loving obedience, success is achieved. Luke 5:7-8, “And they beckoned unto their  partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came,and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down atJesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” In our humbleness toGod (
working through His will 
), our expectations are exceeded. Peter when confronted withhis inabilities, realizes the greatness of God and his own transgressions against Him – hisunworthiness. Peter, who claimed no particular favor with God, had a pliable heart and thiswas a big difference (
 stark contrast 
) compared to the religious leaders who claimed torepresent God. God was looking for hearts that He could use – those who would submit andobey. Christ did not find such obedience in the religious circles, but rather in simpleunassuming (
humble, unpretentious
) men along the shore. Ignorant and unlearned (
 Acts4:13
)? Perhaps, but with hearts that God Himself was drawn too. Our obedience to God alsoshines as our witness for others to see. Our obedience can produce excitement in others. Luke5:9-11, “For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes whichthey had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partnerswith Simon, And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. Andwhen they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” Jesus, anovice fisherman, showed these seasoned professionals their great need for God and exposedthe fallacy of trust in self (
the way of man
). Peter and these men had no particular qualifications, only hearts to obey when called. Christ called and these men followed. Theydenied self, took up their crosses and followed – forsaking all (
 Lk 9:23, 18:28
). They didn’ttry and preserve their lives (
that which was familiar 
) as fishermen, but rather lost their livesfor His name (
 Lk 9:24
). No excuses were offered (
 Lk 9:59, 61-62
), just loving submission andobedience. Jesus made them fishers of men (
Mt 4:19
). Several years later, shortly after the crucifiction of Christ, Peter was at the Sea of Galilee withseveral of Jesus’ disciples. The events at the time had produced a lot of emotion and turmoil –  both sadness and joy! John 21:3, “Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto

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