Daily Worship

The disciples’ response

October 14, 2012 0 0

Luke 5:1-11

One day Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret while the people pushed their way up to him to listen to the word of God. He saw two boats pulled up on the beach; the fishermen had left them and were washing the nets. Jesus got into one of the boats—it belonged to Simon—and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd.

When he finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down your nets for a catch.”

“Master,” Simon answered, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will let down the nets.” They let them down and caught such a large number of fish that the nets were about to break. So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full of fish that the boats were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord! I am a sinful man!”

He and the others with him were all amazed at the large number of fish they had caught. The same was true of Simon’s partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”

They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus.

​God calls people at various times to different tasks. Our response depends on many things: personal circumstances, personality, our sense of self and our readiness to be disturbed in our settled ways. Throughout this week we will follow people in the Bible whom God called. Their response may encourage us to revisit our own promise to God.

Calling God, I look back on this week and on the opportunities to follow you. 

Thank you for the many ways in which you entice me into committed discipleship.



written by Rolf Billes