Give Jesus Your Boat

Jesus saw two boats … He got into one … they let down their nets … they caught such a large number of fish their nets began to break.”  Luke 5:1-11

What is it you are afraid to give God? Your career? children? business? finances?

Peter was fascinated by Jesus. Perhaps this was the long-awaited Messiah. He certainly taught with authority and performed miracles. But then one day Jesus stepped into one of Peter’s precious boats, the tools of his livelihood, symbols of his success in the community, means for providing for his family.

Not only did Jesus commandeer Peter’s boat, but He had the audacity to give Peter fishing advice: “Put out into deep water and let down the nets.” Peter responded just as we might have: “Jesus, I know you’re good at what you do, and I’m quite willing to follow you in religious ways, but after all I’m the expert at fishing.”

I’m sure Peter let out a sigh of resignation before saying, “But since you say so, I will let down the nets.”  What followed was a fisherman’s dream: a catch larger than anything Peter and his fisherman brothers had ever seen.

Jesus knew Peter needed to learn that when we give God our boats, our careers, children, business, finances He will bless and lead us on to fulfillment we never dreamed possible. Jesus had a far brighter future for Peter than mere fishing. He just needed a boat.

Master, help us give up our boats which are really only symbols of our own accomplishment. Help us trust you with all that we have and are and then expectantly wait for all that you wish to do in and through us.

By Marilyn Ehle
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