A Boat Load Of Fish
I was in the home of Jerry Wofford, the founder of Training Centers for Church Planters (TCCP), for our board Meeting. This ministry equips pastors to establish training centers in their cities that teach evangelism, discipleship, and how to generate new churches. As I looked at the reports, I couldn’t believe how the Spirit of God had worked. In East Africa alone 3,623 students took the TCCP training. During their courses they presented the Gospel and 66,641 made commitments to Jesus, and 1,252 churches were planted.
Luke 5 tells a fish story about a big catch on the Sea of Galilee. Then Jesus called His first disciples to join Him in doing a different kind of fishing.
“Now it happened that the crowd was pressing Him in order to hear the Word of God. Jesus was standing on the shore of the Lake Gennesaret, and He saw two boats nearby. The fishermen had left them and were cleaning their nets. He got into one of the boars, Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then He sat down in the boat and was teaching the crowd. When He finished, He said to Simon, ’Cast off into the deep and let down your nets for the catch.’ Simon responded, ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and caught nothing. But based upon Your word, I’ll let down the nets.’ When he did, a multitude of fish were caught, so many that they were tearing their nets. Simon signaled to his partners in the other boat, and they came to help. When they did, the catch filled both boats, and they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell on his knees before Jesus, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man,’ for awe gripped him and everyone with him on account of the catch of fish. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners, had the same reaction. Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid! From now on you will be one who catches men.” They pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything, and followed Him.” Luke 5:1-11
Two thousand years later as the TCCP report proves, Jesus is still bringing miraculous numbers of men and women to Himself. It’s time to leave behind the stuff that keeps us from reaching others and follow Jesus.
LORD, as I follow You this week, help me to not miss opportunities to put down the nets. Peter, James, and John gave their lives to telling others the Good News about Jesus. Help me to do the same and trust You to generate the catch.
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