LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP
Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
It was just an ordinary day, just another boring day at work, that is until Jesus stepped onto the boat. Everyday is ordinary until Christ breaks onto the scene. Has He visited you lately?
That particular day was more than boring, all that work and effort and no fish, it was quite aggravating. The bills were piling up, that never changes, but no fish meant no money, maybe tomorrow would be a better day. Sound familiar, all of us have days like that, for some of us, our whole life is like that, better luck tomorrow.
That’s when Jesus stepped onto Peter’s boat. After teaching the word for awhile, He spoke directly to Peter, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” It sounded all wrong, Peter knew the conditions were not right to catch fish, but those words, somehow they were strangely compelling. We all know the rest of the story; the boatloads of fish and Peter beginning to follow Jesus. But I want to hesitate here for a minute, I think the Master is speaking again today, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” What could that mean? He means press into places you have never been before. Launch out deeper into His Word. Launch out deeper in prayer, especially praying in the Spirit. Launch out in your stewardship, bring your tithes and offerings into your local church. Press into God and as you do, let down your nets, tell others what the Lord has done for you.
This is the Word the Lord spoke to me in 1999 when He led us to start Beyond the Grave. That has been eleven years at this writing, and over 60,000 decisions have been made for Christ. Maybe Jesus wants to step onto your boat today, when He does, do what He says. His commands are many times unconventional and out of step with others, but there will be a “boatload of fish”. Peter never regretted his decision, he may have looked foolish to the other fishermen, and many times following the Lord will be misunderstood by “natural men”, but we follow anyway. “Launch out into the deep”, I hear that the fish are running again.