Luke 5:11 (Amplified Bible)
And after they had run their boats on shore, they left everything and joined Him as His disciples and sided with His party and accompanied Him.
This reaction of Peter and the others to Jesus’ call is ‘WHERE’ we want to ‘FIND’ ourselves after hearing from the LORD.
Matthew 16:25 (Amplified Bible)
For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
The prophet also came to this point in Isaiah 6:8 when the LORD asks,
“Whom shall I send?” and Isaiah responds, “HERE am I. Send me!”
We too desire to be counted among the faithful who respond with confidence. But why do we hold back from the LORD? Why don’t we give “everything?”
After a night of fruitless fishing, Peter first drops the nets out of obedience because Jesus “said so” (Luke 5:5). Maybe he thought, “it’s worth a try” (nothing left to lose as all my ‘doing‘ didn’t catch one fish) and therefore did as instructed.
However, the next time Peter drops the nets is in verse 11 when Christ invites him to be a fisher of men
This time it was out of surrender. He hands it all over…his everything.
He moves beyond just submission to one command and yields himself to the Commander. At that point he could have declined and still enjoyed the abundance of fish gained by his initial obedience. Because we know how the story ends, we understand how much Peter would have missed had he not surrendered.
In responding to Christ, we must completely surrender to what He asks of us. God doesn’t excuse disobedience because we’re waiting for certain feelings or situations to come in order to take action.
He desires more than random compliance, but for us to allow Him complete access over all of the affairs of our lives…all the time. It can be sort of scary, can’t it? This letting go and trusting…this surrendering to the unknown. But ‘HERE’ is ‘WHERE’ we’ll find true freedom and abundance beyond measure.
Father, may my actions display an attitude of surrender to Your desires for my life. Today may I see Your will as supreme over mine.
In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
By Daniele Evans