I have often wondered why Jesus performed the miracle of the great catch of fish. No doubt the great crowd of people who had pressed upon Jesus had something to do with this miracle. They were hungry for God and were eager to hear His word. Jesus wanted to use this occasion to teach His disciples an important lesson. Although Simon was wearied from a night of fruitless toil, he nonetheless pressed upon Jesus for His word of command: “At your word I will let down the nets.” When we meet disappointment and failure, do we press upon the Lord, like Simon, to hear His word and to receive His command?
This incident tells us an important truth about how God works in and through us for His glory. God expects of us greater things than we can do by ourselves. When we cooperate in His works, we accomplish far beyond what we can do on our own.
Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who died of tuberculosis at the age of 24, wrote to a friend: “Jesus has so incomprehensible a love for us that he wills that we have a share with him in the salvation of souls. He wills to do nothing without us. The Creator of the universe awaits the prayer of a poor little soul to save other souls redeemed like it at the price of all his Blood.”
When God’s word is spoken His kingdom is revealed and His power is released. When people respond to God’s word with faith and obedience they are changed and made “a new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians. 5:17). God chooses ordinary people, like you and me, as His ambassadors and He uses the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives and work situations to draw others into his kingdom.
Jesus speaks the same message to us today: we will “catch people” for the kingdom of God if we allow the light of Jesus Christ to shine through us. God wants others to see the light of Christ in us in the way we live, speak, and witness the joy of the gospel. Paul the Apostle says, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ Jesus always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15).
Do we witness to those around us the joy of the Gospel and do we pray for our neighbors, co-workers and relatives that they may come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and grow in the knowledge of His love?
“Lord Jesus, fill my heart with love and compassion for those who do not know You or follow You. Give me the strength so that I may be a good witness of your truth and salvation to my family, friends and co-workers.”