a lesson in obedience

Pastors and theologians often give Peter a hard time. Or at least I do. The things I admire about Peter are the very same things that I see in myself. He’s bold, daring, and wiling to do anything for Christ.

However, the things that Peter struggled with, I often share as well. He didn’t make small mistakes. He would swing from absolute devotion to complete questioning and doubting. Even his greatest failing (the three-time denial) came about when Jesus seemed to set his own course, rather than following the course that Peter thought he was headed.

But early in the Gospel of Luke, we see a great lesson in obedience.

Jesus told a boat full of experienced fishermen to let out their nets when they had been fishing all day with no luck. Peter’s response was incredible, and one that I’m learning.

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.” -Luke 5:5 (NIV)

Today that verse struck me a little stronger than it has in the past.

What is Jesus instructing me to do that makes no sense and goes against my better judgment, but I need to do just because it is Jesus giving the instruction?

What is he telling you to do?

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