How many of us feel like Simon Peter in verse 8?
And how many of us who read this have felt like Jesus was saying verse 10 just to us as individuals?
And how many of us feel like we should be like Simon Peter, & James & John, in verse 11?
1 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the
Sea of Galilee,
great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of
2 He noticed two empty boats at the water's edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.
into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out
into the water.
So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
"Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish."
Simon replied, "we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing.
But if you say so, I'll let the nets down again."
6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!
shout for help brought their partners in the other boat,
and soon both
boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before
Jesus and said,
"Oh, Lord, please leave me—I'm too much of a sinner to
be around you."
9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.
10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon,
"Don't be afraid!
From now on you'll be fishing for people!"
11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.