“Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” – Luke 5:10
In the very first call of a disciple, we see the effectual and inescapable call of God exemplified. It is the perfect original masterpiece of a process that has been duplicated a billion times over.
Peter had fished long into the night without a fish. Dark. The Master selects Peter’s boat from which to further His testimony. The multitudes hear but they will not follow; Peter listens along as well. The Master commands Peter try His way of fishing. The long night of listless swells and empty nets, compel Peter try. The Master’s way yields far greater result!
Peter’s eyes are opened and he falls to cry, “I’m a sinner!” Others witness the transformation and the Master’s words of grace brace Peter, “Don’t fear, you’ll have a new life mission now.” Peter leaves all and follows. He is not perfect. But, He follows.
I have met many a man who accepts free-will as paramount in theory. But, I have never met a Christian who can boast of it as their experience.
Where is the man who can circumvent the Master when He calls for the boat? The mighty King finds us after our dark night and shows us His goodness. We see our depravity and right when we’re necessarily remiss, we hear His whisper, “Stand now, you have a new mission.” And, everything that we once held dear, we count as loss, only to know Him and His suffering.
Come now saint! Fear not! Preach with power. Christ’s atoning sacrifice isn’t lost on you. Your pardon won’t vanish. His grace isn’t weak that you’ll be lost. His power isn’t hidden from your modern mission. You were mandated to catch men and stood upon that task with the very foundations of heavenly authority! Fear not, speak boldly, He will fill your nets again.