Switching It Up


Luke 5:1-7 (NLT)
1One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
5“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.


  In his heart, Simon was probably thinking, “Well, this isn’t going to work. I’ve spent all night here.” However, Jesus knew that if the fish weren’t coming to Simon, Simon had to go to the fish. Jesus gave Simon a little push to accomplish something bigger.

  Sometimes God will push us out of our comfort zone to accomplish new things. When a method no longer seems to work, it’s time to try a new one. We often get too comfortable being in “shallow waters,” doing the same thing over and over. Sometimes we need to have courage and trust God by going into “deeper waters!”

  A push might move us into uncomfortable places, but once we learn to trust God we will also accomplish greater things!


  Have you felt a push from God in your life? What are you willing to do differently to accomplish something bigger in His name?

The author is a youth worker from Stamford, Connecticut.


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