Luke 5:1-11 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6 And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
There are many pivotal moments in the ongoing relationship between our Lord and ourselves. These moments are the ones in which we are invited and challenged to go deeper, farther, higher, in our maturity. To become more truly who we are in Christ Jesus and cooperate in His desire to express Himself through us.
For me, over and over again, the moment is characterized by the words, “nevertheless at Thy word I will…”
Notice the highlighted portions of the story. The narrative reveals a journey of fulfillment.
Those words sum up the circumstance perfectly. Repentance with hope confirmed in action. Change toward not just away from.
The deepest truth of the moment is not just the invitation and challenge. These are filled with promise. The moment reaches toward me from the future (the Omega), from the fullness of eternity and speaks a word of fulfillment and integrity. I am defined by my future not my past — “we have toiled all night and taken nothing.” Not by what was but by what will be from now on — “they enclosed a great multitude.” What was — emptiness. What will be that begins now — fullness beyond capacity of the present to hold it ! ! What will be desires to be what is now. The name that defines my “now” is “my will be,” and He is Christ Jesus.
“Nevertheless at Thy word I will…”