From a fisherman to an Apostle in three years – how did this amazing transformation happen?
We meet Peter in Luke 5:1-11.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Peter was tired from working all night, but he obeyed Jesus (verse 3). After Jesus was done preaching, Peter obeyed the Lord again (verse 5). Then Jesus rewarded Peter with an awesome catch of fish (verse 6).
Over the next three years, our Lord taught Peter, and the other Disciples, preparing them for the greatest task – sharing the gospel. The Holy Spirit came to indwell the Disciples in Acts 2:1-4. After this, we see Peter, a fisherman, preaching and sharing Christ with at least 3,000 people (Acts 2:14-41). He went on to pen 2 books of the Bible.
Do we want to see change in our own lives? I believe it starts with the simple act of obedience. Simply that. Obey God and see what He does with your life.
What would have happened if Peter had refused to let Jesus into his boat?
Blessings on your day.
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