Push out into the deep
Luke 5:4 has always been a verse that the Holy Spirit has used to nudge me to considering things that are outside of my comfort zone. I still remember the first time I read this verse and was consumed with the idea of “pushing out into the deep-waters.” I understand the passage is about pushing out into the deep and catching actual fish. Jesus shows soon to be disciples the harvest He can bring in the natural world as an example of the harvest He can bring to them serving as “fishers of men.”
One of the principles found in this passage is that we must be willing to be followers that will push out into the deep while expecting God’s rich blessings. Too often, we toil in close proximity to the shore. However, God is calling us to go deep in various ways.
“Push Out Into the Deep”
Push out in your intake of God’s Word, push out in your giving, push out in your going, push out in prayer life, and push out in your faith. I am convinced that God wants to bring renewal to His people and His church. If we are willing to “push out into the deep” God will bring a tremendous blessing. If you read the passage you will see that their nets were full of fish. In fact, they had to call in reinforcements to harvest all the fish that day! There were so many fish that the boats began to sink.
This rich harvest was only possible because these men followed the words of Jesus. He told them to let down their nets. First, they explained to Jesus that they had been fishing all night long. Sounds like us – try to explain to God things He already knows. Simon finally responds by saying, “but at your words, I’ll let down the nets.” When called to push out into deep-waters our responses must not include excuses. Instead our responses must be: Jesus, at your command we follow!
If you are willing to get out in the deep waters with God – He will meet you in a spectacular way! You want renewal, you want revival – push out into the deep!