A Disciple is #2

Scripture Reading
Luke 5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The First Disciples

1 Now it happened that while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), with the people crowding all around Him and listening to the word of God; 2 that He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little distance from the shore. And He sat down and began teaching the crowds from the boat.

4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].” 5 Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].”

6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were [at the point of] breaking; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats [with fish], so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9 For he and all his companions were completely astounded at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon [Peter]. Jesus said to Simon, “Have no fear; from now on you will be catching men!”

11 After they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and [a]followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example].

1# JESUS STEPS INTO YOUR TERRITORY: YOUR FIELD OF EXPERTISE

Let’s look at the depth of verse 3 … He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little distance from the shore.

Note that Jesus gets into Simons boat, so that He can speak to the crowed that has been endlessly following Him, some even from the other nearby cities where they even wanted to let Jesus stay forever.
Jesus steps into Simons Territory and He teaches those that needed it so badly.
It is quite interesting that Jesus doesn’t ask Simon prior to getting into the boat whether he could get in or not – Jesus just gets into the boat. And when Simon who is busy cleaning his net is suddenly drawn to what has happened and he comes closer trying to establish why this man is sitting in his boat with the multitudes gathered around
This is the moment that Jesus asks Simon to put out a little from the land.

2# JESUS DOES PERFORMS A MIRACLE/WONDER WORK /MAGNIFICENCE IS DISPLAYED

Verse 4 says to us that…When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].” 5 Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].”

Jesus has just orientated Simon to listen to him, I mean Jesus has come with a great crowed of people to your beach/soars and He got into your boat this this would draw all your attention to Him – because you seek understanding. This is sometimes the case with us , we are busy in our field doing what we know best applying ourselves even though its tough but we do our work, and that’s sometimes the moment when Jesus steps into our lives – especially just after we have had the most difficult time and thus Simon could make the claim “Master”. This could also be deemed as quite odd to me as Jesus doesn’t tell Simon to call Him Master but yet He does. Its sometimes the way it works- Jesus steps in and you have now idea how He got there and even more so we sometimes don’t know why He is in our lives .

Jesus STEPS IN!This is for me the first sign of a miracle that took place
The man that was only concerned about fishing – remember he was not part of the multitudes that followed and pressed Jesus -now calls this man that intruded his space-Master.

Let’s look at the “physical miracle “Jesus performed

6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were [at the point of] breaking; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats [with fish], so that they began to sink.

3# JESUS SHOWS HIS MAGNITUDE AND HIS SOVEREIGN NATURE

8 But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
verse 6 says When they had done this…Just want to confirm this_who casted out the nets?
Yes , the fishermen casted out the nets. Look at the trend here
It was Simon and the fishermen that had gone from their boats
It was Simon and the fishermen that cleaned the nets
It was Simon and the fishermen that toiled the entire evening trying to catch fish
It was Simon that pushed out the boat after Jesus got in, a little into the sea
It was Simon that says to Jesus, Master we have toiled all night and caught nothing
It was also Simon that says to Jesus , nevertheless at YOUR word I will let down the net
Yes it seems like it was all their work , but the work would have been null and void if it was not foe the WORD Jesus spoke so that they could do the work. Jesus word is the foundations of our work.

verse 6 says When they had done this…they caught a great number of fish, and their nest was breaking 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats [with fish], so that they began to sink.

Back to the trend…Yes it was the fishermen that did all of it but based on whose word did they do what they knew best in their field ?
Their own word. But now they’ve done it based on Jesus word they let the nets down
Massive difference!

This overwhelms everyone , they cannot handle the catch in their field of expertise
They have to call help from those who are also in their field of expertise

4 LEAVE BEHIND
11 After they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and [a]followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example].
It is pretty interesting to see that they brought their boats to land gets mentioned here
The guys finished off all the logistics
They acted responsible by not leaving their boats just there at the soar or on the water for someone else to find and use. No they take that which is sacred to them and they treat it with respect , honor and dignity

HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR BOAT ?

#5 FOLLOWED HIM

The Cost
As we should expect, whenever the New Testament explains discipleship, it immediately warns us of the cost. Being a follower of Jesus splits up your family, threatens your life, and calls you to radical sacrifice of your job, finances, desires, hopes, and reputation.
However, the cost comes after a promise. When Jesus tells his disciples to “sell your possessions, and give to the needy” (Luke 12:32), he does so after a very important assurance: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” In Jesus’ day, they didn’t have banks, savings, or CDs. Their net-worth was found in their possessions. Jesus is saying, if you are my disciple, you should be able to radically give, even if it means dipping into your savings (see Joel Green’s the Gospel of Luke). But, notice the order. Jesus doesn’t say, “Sell everything, give to the poor, and God will give you his kingdom.” It’s the exact opposite.
Disciples can be radical in their giving because they’ve already been given the kingdom. Christ became poor, so his disciples might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9), and out of infinite riches, disciples become generous.

Another example is when Jesus instructs his disciples that he will be sending them out as “sheep in the midst of wolves,” and the wolves will “deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues” (Matthew 10:16-17). That’s not a very encouraging rallying cry for church growth and evangelism! Notice that Jesus isn’t saying that they will be suddenly attacked by wolves; he’s sending them out into them. This is deliberate.
They will be mocked, shamed, and possibly even killed. He knows this will happen to them, because that’s what the wolves will do to him. No servant is greater than his Master. Only when disciples are filled with God’s grace can they go into the wolves hoping to see some turn into lambs. Discipleship is as dynamic and costly as the gospel.

 

In conclusion , we can see that there is a clear cut pathway to what it is to be a disciple and that we all find ourselves at different stages of this pathway. It is a Journey with Jesus leading us to making more disciples. I think that we you would agree with me on the following statement once made by someone:

Disciples can give up anything, go anywhere, and risk everything because the gospel has filled us with good things that can never be taken away from them.

Its Your journey:

1# JESUS STEPS INTO YOUR TERRITORY: YOUR FIELD OF EXPERTISE
2# JESUS DOES PERFORMS A MIRACLE/WONDER WORK /MAGNIFICENCE IS DISPLAYED
3# JESUS SHOWS HIS MAGNITUDE AND HIS SOVEREIGN NATURE
#4 LEAVE BEHIND
#5 FOLLOWED HIM

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS

#1 WHICH OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED DRAWS YOUR ATTENTION?

#2 WHY ARE YOU DRAWN TO THIS ?

#3 HOW DOES THIS WHICH HAVE BEEN PREACHED HELPED YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR JOURNEY OF DISCIPLESHIP ?