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Gone Fishing
Frozen Fish
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Anyone who has done much fishing knows there are times when the fish won’t bite. You may be fishing at the right time, with the right bait and the right hooks. But the fish just aren’t convinced. It gets to be discouraging after a while.

This must have been how Peter and his fishing buddies felt that morning. They had fished all night, without catching a thing.They were busy scrubbing their nets when Jesus came up to them.

The place was the Sea of Galilee. These fishermen didn’t know it, but they were about to get a personal invitation from Jesus to become some of His first disciples. Jesus, who had gotten into the boat, told them, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch” (Luke 5:4, The Message).

Peter rolled his eyes at the other men in the boat. He knew, as did every fisherman, that the best time for fishing had ended when the sun came up that morning. Now, a former carpenter was trying to tell them how to fish. But, in order to seem polite, Peter said, “Master, we’ve been fishing all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets” (verse 5).

People Instead of Fish

When they pulled in the net, all they could see were fish. Fish everywhere. So many fish, that their nets started to rip. James and John, their partners in the other boat, came to help them. They filled both boats with fish. The boats were overloaded, and began to sink. All this was too much for Peter. He couldn’t handle it. He knelt down there in the boat in front of Jesus and cried out, “Lord, don’t come near me! I am a sinner!” (Mark 5:8, NLT). Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you will bring in people instead of fish” (verse 10).

This call to follow Jesus really tested their faith. Would they just walk away and leave their boats and the catch of a lifetime? Something to think about.  In a way, though, these events strengthened their faith. If Jesus could do miracles like this, they would never have to worry about where their next meal would come from.

The Bible says that when they finally got their boats to shore, they left everything—boats, fish and all—and followed Jesus. A decision they would never regret. The Bible tells the thrilling story of their future lives in the four Gospels and in the Book of Acts.

When you answer the call to follow Jesus, you can be sure He will never let you down. Wouldn’t it be great to go fishing with Jesus?

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By Bob DuBose. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from The Message ® and New Living Translation © 1996.

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