Day 63 – A Pivotal Moment
On: January 2, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

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 fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up  shore, left everything and followed him. [Luke 5:8-11]

As touched on yesterday, the huge catch of fish was not a foretaste of material prosperity. The imagery needs understanding first; and here’s the translation. Jesus reveals that the fish symbolised people and suddenly the whole picture comes into focus – Simon Peter would move away from familiar territory (a limited catchment where there would be resistance to the Gospel) into deeper water (the wider world) where the catch (people) would be enormous. From our perspective today, we can see that this is exactly what came to pass.

Simon Peter’s reaction suggests that he realised he was in the presence of someone high up in the religious pecking order. His fear, bearing in mind he was a tough fisherman, must have been centred on the unknown that had suddenly invaded his life. Who was this miracle man? What was going to happen next?

Jesus didn’t enter into a debate about life choices; He got straight to the point: “Don’t fear, follow me.” And that’s exactly what Peter and his friends did. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church; indeed, in History.

Key life decisions can happen in a moment, as opportunity presents itself. If it involves a path we’re going to follow, it helps to know something of the path. If it involves a person, likewise of the person. In Jesus’ ministry, time was short and this encounter with Simon Peter was a unique historical moment. For us, timeframes are likely to be more protracted. But when we hear Jesus’ call, it will be good to have done our homework: to know Who is calling, and have weighed up how He might have been preparing us. And then be ready to leave everything and follow Him when the moment comes. It will, most likely, be be a pivotal moment in our life.

Are my shoes ready that I might walk In the Footsteps of the King?


Father God, enliven my imagination to see how You might be preparing me for Your work, so I might be ready to follow when You call. Amen.

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