Luke 5:4 – Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
Through your giving, you can vicariously travel across our globe, fulfilling the great commission. But that does not divest you of personal responsibility to be a witness where you are. So, allow me to say to you at the very beginning today, “Start in Jerusalem.” Consider this; Jesus said that when you are empowered by Holy Spirit, you would be witnesses unto Him in Jerusalem (where you are; your city; your community; your neighborhood), in Judea (a larger sphere of influence; your state or region), in Samaria (an ever enlarging sphere of influence; perhaps your nation; your native tongue nationality), and to the uttermost parts of the earth (just what it says; wherever people are). Jesus was indicating that the process of winning the lost, growing the church, making disciples, and all the inherent works is a progression of influence. I recently heard from a pastor that his son, perhaps 10-years of age, had won one of his teachers to Christ, and that she had attended their church. That young man is starting in his Jerusalem.
In our Text for Today, Jesus told Peter and his associates to “launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Look closely at the Lord’s instruction. To “launch out into the deep” indicates that when He gave the command, they were in shallow water. That would indicate that they were surely in their daytime dock, for they fished at night. Oh, the great number of images that presents. When we’re close to home, we’re in shallow water. For us, “the deep” is just moments away. That’s our Jerusalem.
Then Jesus told them to “let down your nets.” In the miracle of the second draught of fish, that being just after His resurrection. Jesus said to “cast out your nets.” Nets that are “let down” indicate local fishing. Nets that are “cast out” indicate an expanding arena. That would be Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth. Note, that in the first draught of fish, it was the local area. It was in that first draught that His disciples learned much about their weaknesses; weak, unrepaired nets that broke under the strain. Learn to fish well where you are before you start casting nets.
Permit me one additional thought. It was their custom to fish at night. But when Jesus showed up, He told them to fish in the daytime. My friend, when you are fisher of men, you will always fish in the light, for you are the light of the world. Let your light so shine than men may see your good works and glorify God. That draws them to your net.
Manna for Today – Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21; Mark 16:15-20; Acts 1:8; Matthew 5:16