Let Down the Nets
May 6, 2023
Context is important for this verse. “They” are the first disciples Jesus called – Simon Peter, James, and John, and “this” is to listen to Jesus when He instructed them to put their nets down one more time. Experts in their trade, they had already been fishing all night and hadn’t caught a thing. They had already allowed Jesus to use their boat as a platform to preach to them and the crowds on the shore. In verse 5, Simon explains their predicament, but also says that at the word of Jesus, he would let down the nets again. And we see in verse 6 the fruit that came out of that faith in this man they had just met. This event preceded Jesus calling them to be fishers of men (v. 10), something that He was the expert in, and they had to completely depend on Him in that new life purpose.
As a missionary, raising support is a never-ending task that often feels like a distraction from the work God is calling us to do. It can be stressful and bring me to a place of worry, doubt, and sometimes even fear. Did I misunderstand what the Lord wants my family to do? Will He bring other believers alongside us to help us do this important work? Will we eventually run out of funds and have to leave our home? But this verse brings me peace and clarity. It reminds me that even if I were an expert in fundraising, had all the right words and all the right connections, I still may not bring in any fish. Not on my own strength and ability. But if I can have the daily faith to let down our nets, believing that Jesus has indeed called us to serve the least of these, then He will be the one to fill the nets with our daily bread, the resources to keep serving. If and when He chooses, the nets can overflow to the point of breaking! And so that is my prayer, that my faith would grow, and I can let down those nets, not worrying about God’s timing for when He will fill them but trusting that He will. And that is my prayer for you as well – that Jesus would fill you with assurance and a supernatural peace in what He has called you to – in whatever way you are to be fishers of men. May your birthday and all this year be filled with making fishers of men!
’94 / ’08 San Jose Costa Rica