Who Are Your Five? Trusting God With Our Communities
Will you fill your net?
Many times throughout scripture, God asks us to trust Him to use situations even when they don’t seem to make sense to us. In Luke 5, Jesus calls his disciples by asking them to trust Him with their nets.
Jesus was teaching to a large crowd from a boat of discouraged fishermen. After speaking, Jesus asked the fishermen to put down their nets again. Simon Peter (later called Peter) answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
What happened next? Luke 5:6 (NIV) says, “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.”
They trusted Jesus regardless of the outcome, and their boats overflowed with fish.
Simon responded by falling at Jesus’s feet humbled and astonished. Jesus responded, “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men.” I wonder if God is asking us to trust Him with our nets.
What if we’ve been too busy to ask our friends or coworkers how they’re really doing? What if God is preparing our friends, family or coworkers for an eternal invitation? In this new, uncharted season, what if God is calling us to be more like these fishermen?
He called His followers to do their job. They hesitated, because they’d already given it a try, yet Jesus told them to trust Him and reach out. This time their nets overflowed.
Guys, God is using this time as an opportunity to make disciples out of us. Most of the distractions that surround us are removed. We may not be physically together, yet God is calling us to authentic community like never before. Who are the five people you need to reach out to this week?