“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Jesus had been teaching the people from Simon’s boat. When He had finished He told Simon to move it into deeper water for a catch of fish. The reason was quite simple – you don’t net large schools of big fish in shallow water.
So many people exist in the shallows of life. Often it is because they feel more in control of their situations there, and unthreatened by challenge and change. However, although their lives may be stable and safe they may also be unstimulating and bland. They may not need God, and sometimes even not want Him, to do anything. Jesus lived a different type of life and called His disciples to follow Him into it. He promised to grow them in new ways – “I will make you..” (Matt 4:19) – He gave them the life-changing empowerment of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) – and special gifts (1 Cor 12). Clearly they were not going to append their time in the shallows of life – in fact they would all ‘walk on water’ many times. With them He has a grand purpose and great plans for us all,
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
The key is the call of Jesus. He always meets us where we are and then calls us to follow Him into a new way of living, and a better one. We are not all called to be great public figures, but we are all called, in Jesus name, to be involved in blessing someone’s world and to bring change and healing into some situations. The more we follow Him the more we will notice Him at work – and the deeper we allow Him to take us the greater the acts of God that we will see. Jesus is establishing His Kingdom.
There is no greater satisfaction, when you look back over your life, than knowing that you have been allowed to invest it in something that has an eternal significance – and to see something of how the Lord has been at work in, through, around (and in spite of !) you. What a privilege, what a blessing and what an experience. Praise God indeed!
Where is Jesus calling you to go deeper with Him? Ask Him.
Thank You Lord Jesus for calling me into Your life and purpose. Please help me to follow You and not to linger in the passing shallows of the world. Amen.