Disciples for Christ
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 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.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Luke 5: 8-11
What does it mean to be a disciple for Christ? In our verse, Peter saw the miracle that Jesus performed by casting out his net after catching nothing all day, throwing it back in at the command of Jesus and God overfilling his net with thousands of fish. He immediately knew this was God’s work through Jesus and fell to his knees in reverence, recognizing his own sinfulness before Jesus’ holiness. Jesus didn’t condemn him, He accepted Peter with open arms and simply asked for Peter to follow Him, and he did. Peter, James and John left everything they had, their life work was dedicated to fishing and they left it all on the shore to follow Jesus. This is discipleship. Jesus became the priority in their life; all that mattered was following Him.
We have so many things that hold us back from making Jesus the number one priority in our lives. Jesus says not to be afraid. He knew it would be hard for Peter to give up those things that were in the way of making Him a priority. Peter chose forgiveness, he chose to leave those roadblocks that kept him from the Lord and wanted to be a fisher of men to give others the opportunity to know who Jesus is so they too could follow Him. Are there any roadblocks in your life that is keeping you from making Jesus a priority? Are you afraid to relinquish having full control over your life and fully trusting in God? Stop and pray right now and ask the Lord to make known the areas of your life that is holding you back from a deeper relationship with God. Ask Him to help you make Him a priority and to help you to fully trust in His perfect will.