Week 1: Thursday

Read: Luke 5v1– 11 

One day, as the crowds were pressing close to him to hear the word of God, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats moored by the land; the fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little way from the land. Then he sat down in the boat and began to teach the crowd. 

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deeper part, and let down your nets for a catch.’

‘Master,’ replied Simon, ‘we were working hard all night and caught nothing at all. But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.’

When they did so, they caught such a huge number of fish that their nets began to break. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. So they came, and filled both the boats, and they began to sink. 

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees. ‘Go away,’ he said. ‘Leave me, Lord! I’m a sinner!’ He and all his companions were gripped with amazement at the catch of fish they had taken; this included James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ said Jesus to Simon. ‘From now on you’ll be catching people.’ They brought the boats in to land. Then they abandoned everything and followed him.

Meditate: Jesus seems to know something. Something that runs deeper beneath the surface of things. He seems to have a purpose, a plan. On the surface, it doesn’t seem to make sense (He wants us to go fishing again?), but there is something deeper at work. And he wants helpers. He wants me to work with him. Which means my life might have to change...

Pray: Lord, help me to hear your call and be ready to respond. I’m not perfect but I’m ready to have you take charge.

Engage: Buy someone’s coffee or lunch anonymously