Read & Reflect
Luke 5:1-11 (ESV)
1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
- What did Jesus tell Simon Peter to do?
- Was this a difficult or easy command to obey?
- On what basis did Simon let down the nets?
- What was the result of letting down the nets?
- What did Simon Peter discover as a result of his obedience to Jesus’ words?
“What Peter does not realize is that admitting one’s inability and sin is the best prerequisite for service, since then one can depend on God. Peter’s confession becomes his résumé for service. Humility is the elevator to spiritual greatness.”
- To what extent do I identify with Peter’s confession?
- Compare what Peter was fishing for with what Jesus was inviting him to. What is my response to Jesus’ invitation to follow him to become a fisher of men?
 Darryll L. Bock, Luke, NIV Application Commentary Series, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996) 154-155.