Leaving the Fish Behind…

Well, I haven’t done much on this blog, and for now I’ll leave the zombie thread and come back to it at another point.

This morning I read Luke 5: 1-11, and I noticed a detail which is quite obvious, yet easily missed in the larger story. Here’s the passage:

On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
(Luke 5:1-11 ESV)

What I noticed was that, while the first disciples Peter, James and John left everything to follow Jesus, it included leaving behind the two boats full of fish Jesus had just given them. They left behind the gift of Christ in order to go after something better. They left the blessing of Christ to follow Christ.

Catch that? What Christ had just given them, they gave up to follow Him. It makes me wonder how many times I’ve missed out on something better, because I’ve been given a blessing from Christ and immediately sit down to enjoy it, all the while Christ has moved on to something else. 

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One response to “Leaving the Fish Behind…

  1. Karisa

    Oh wow. Never thought of it like that. Great thought!

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