Jesus Calls Peter When the Nets are Full (Come, Follow Me: Luke 5) – powered by Happy Scribe
In Luke chapter five. Peter had been fishing all night and caught nothing. He was cleaning his nets, and Jesus told him to go out into the deep water and cast his net again. Peter said, this isn’t going to work, but I’ll do it because you’re telling me to. Peter did as Jesus said, and he caught so many fish that his net began to break and he had to call his partners to help him.
It’s after Peter has caught the biggest catch of fish in his life that Jesus says, come follow me and I will make you a fisher of men. A principle I want to highlight from this first interaction between Jesus and Peter is that Christ asks us to leave when the nets are full. Imagine if Peter had just had the worst night of fishing in his life. He didn’t catch anything. And Jesus said, do you want to come follow me?
Peter might have said, yeah, I hate fishing anyways. This is a great time to leave. But that’s not what Jesus did. He asked Peter to leave at the pinnacle when his nets were full. Sometimes that happens to us as well.
Here’s a modern example from Elder Robert D. Hales. He said, I was at Harvard Business School. I was stretched to my capacity at an important point in my schooling. A mission president asked me to be an Elder Scorn president.
It’s the only time in my life that I have ever questioned an assignment. Can you see how Elder Hale’s nets were full? He was at an elite school. How could he devote a significant part of this time to a church calling? Elder Hales continues so I went home and said to my wife, there’s a chance of failing in my schooling if I become an Elder Scorn president.
She said to me the words which have helped for many years, bob, I would rather have an active priesthood holder than a man who holds a master’s degree from Harvard. But as she put her arms around me, she said, we’ll do them both. Know what Elder Hales says next? That decision was much harder to make than when, years later, I accepted the call to serve as a general authority and left my business career behind. Here Elder Hale’s alluded to a later time when his nets were full.
He was the president of a large company, and President Kimball asked him to leave it all behind to become a general authority. Elder Hales concludes with an interesting observation you really show the Lord who you are and what you are willing to become when you make those hard decisions. As a young person, Elder Hale’s choice to serve Christ as a graduate student even when his nets were full, changed the whole course of his life. What does this look like for you and me? How will Christ ask us to leave when the nets are full?
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