4×4 Challenge: Invite – Luke 5:1-11

As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, he was standing by Lake Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then he sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.”
6 When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” 9 For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.
“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people.” 11 Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed him. ~ Luke 5:1-11

Jesus is Lord of the catch.  Jesus didn’t tell Peter to fish.  He told them to catch.  Man, if you told me, let’s go down to the coast today and I guarantee you, we are going to catch fish.  I’m like, let’s go, but I can’t guarantee that.  You can’t guarantee that.  As a matter of fact, every time I go fishing with my kids, I remind them that we call it fishing and not catching, but for Jesus it is not fishing; it is catching!  What this teaches us is that we are not responsible for the results of our efforts.  Jesus is.  Jesus brings the catch.  Jesus is Lord of the catch.  Our responsibility is to put down the nets, to give the gospel, to invite people to receive salvation.  Jesus brings the catch.  We, like Peter, are to obey in faith that Jesus will bring us a catch.  This leads me to believe that if we aren’t catching, then perhaps it is because we haven’t lowered the nets – we aren’t giving the gospel because if we are giving the gospel – if we are inviting people, then we should see people coming to Christ.  Jesus is Lord of the catch.

Does this mean that everyone will respond to the call to salvation?  No, not everyone will, but you and I have no idea who will and who won’t that is why we must be obedient to give the gospel to everyone we can.  We must remember that a rejection of the invitation is not a rejection of us.  Give the gospel and by the power of the Holy Spirit receive the blessing of a great catch of people for God’s kingdom.

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