Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lord of the Boat (Luke 5:4)

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4 NASB)

After He finished speaking, Jesus the stone mason/builder/itinerant preacher turned His attention to Peter. If I had been Peter, I would have been expecting a thank you for my assistance. Remember that Peter had already spent the night casting heavy nets into the sea, dragging them out empty, then starting the cycle all again. Despite his physical and emotional exhaustion, what Peter received was not thanks. It was another work assignment. 

There were no engines to start and move his boat. When Jesus told Peter to put out into deep water, he meant physically row the boat, until the sails catch the wind, and move out to deep water. It was more than just a one-man job. Peter would have to put his employees to work as well. Jesus was not just asking Peter for physical work, nor just to overcome his exhaustion. Those employees would not likely work for free. Jesus was asking for a financial investment in obedience, as well. 

How very interesting. Jesus was about to bless Peter in an astounding way, but before He did, Jesus made sure that Peter was willing to put the direction of his finances in Jesus's capable hands. Just think what Peter would have missed if he had said, "Jesus, my men are tired and they are going to want time and a half for this wasted trip. The fish aren't biting." It's an amazing thought, isn't it? Jesus wants to be Lord of the boat and the employees, as well as the salary that pays them. 

There is no way to know in advance what Jesus will do with finances that are surrendered to Him. What Peter found, however, was that surrender was worth it. Perhaps your finances stand in the way of the blessings Jesus has planned. Is He directing the outlay of every cent? If not, why not invite Him to take charge of every aspect of your life, including finances. Like Peter, you will find He can be trusted. 

Today, pray that neither we nor or our loved ones will allow financial considerations to stand in the way of the plan Jesus has for us.