When you get your big break…

What is the first thing you choose to do when God bountifully blesses you in your business or job?  Suppose you got a big promotion –  or landed the deal of the century.  What would you do?

Here is what 3 business partners did, in Luke 5:4-11:

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.  Simon answered, “Master,  we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”  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. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”  For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid;  from now on you will catch men.”  So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Really Peter?  The most profitable day of your life, and you just walk away? Immediately?

Clearly, when Jesus healed his mother-in-law, Peter took notice, otherwise Peter would never have gone out after a long fruitless night, when all he really wanted was to get to bed, and let his just-cleaned nets down to be gunked up again.  Perhaps he felt he owed Jesus one,  or at least some respect as a rabbi. I bet he was thinking “Man, I wish he had gotten int James and John’s boat instead”.  I wonder if, when he said “because you say so, I will let down the nets.” his tone of voice said “are you crazy?” or “I’ll humor you” or was really whiny.  And how much muttering under his breath, or in his mind went on before he got out to the deep water?

And then there are the two partners on shore sitting there winking, grinning, and poking each others ribs as they anticipate the jibes they will be able to throw at Pete once the teacher has left, and is out of earshot.

What could cause three normally level-headed businessmen to give up a going concern for a life where you never knew when or where you would get your next meal?  What could cause you to take that kind of risk?  Would you really be willing to drop everything in an instant for His call?

Or would you rationalize that God means for you to just use the bounty he has given you, without making a big change?

Listen to this parody (lyrics here) and see if this is you.

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