Friday, March 25th, 2011
He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.
Luke 5:2 (NAS)
Peter became the first disciple of Jesus and founder of the Christian church. 'I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church' (Matthew 16:18).
Yet, he made more mistakes than any other disciple besides Judas; Peter denied that he even knew Jesus at His darkest hour. So, why Peter?
Jesus' choice of Peter as leader follows four big choices Peter made on the first day they met. Luke Chapter 5 starts with Peter returning tired and disappointed from an all night fishing trip. Jesus, a stranger, walks up and asks Peter to get back in the water--to take Him a few feet from shore to preach.
Who would be willing to go out of his way for a stranger at a time of exhaustion? Peter was willing, and we can only imagine His amazement when he heard the new Teacher's Words. This was Peter's first life-changing choice.
When Jesus stops speaking, He tells Peter to go fishing again. Peter, a professional fisherman, knows the fish aren't biting. Nevertheless, he agrees; 'I will do as you say' (v.5).
Who follows faith over facts? Who defers years of experience to the advice of a mysterious Rabbi? Peter did, and he caught 'a great quantity of fish' (v.7). This bonus followed choice #2.
Peter's next choice reveals his priorities and humility. He could have taken the big haul of fish to market and enjoyed an unexpected income. Instead, He recognized Jesus as a prophet and himself as unworthy; 'he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, 'Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!' (v.8).
In Peter's final choice that day, he 'forsook all and followed Him' (v.11).
Actors, models and talent for Christ must make the right choices. Failure, frustration, and fatigue are tests. Choosing to help a stranger instead of resting, choosing faith over facts, choosing humility instead of pride, are choices of future stars.
But the most important choice lies in recognition of the King: to follow Him at any cost.