In the drama, Peter was ready to go “at once,” but Andrew was hesitant, trying to talk Peter out of it. As the drama continued, Peter turned reluctant to leave the nets.
What might have happened had they not left their nets that day?
What’s the worst that could happen?
The scene shifts to end of the John’s gospel, with Peter jumping out of the boat, racing to the shore after catching a large number of fish.
What foolishness to jump out of a boat and run to shore. . . . . . propelled by a deep love for the risen Jesus.
If they had not left their net, Peter would not have known this irresponsible reckless abandon of jumping out of a boat in a deep love for Jesus and appreciation for his offer of grace. He would never have known that restoration to ministry. He would not have known of Christ’s deep love for him.
That’s the worst that could happen — to miss out on stepping into God’s call for your life.
Our family has made that step – to leave our nets behind because of our love and desire to serve Jesus.
Some may think this was foolishly irresponsible of us – to uproot our family, leave our jobs, sell our stuff and start over again.
Some may think that this was reckless stupidity – to cancel the predictable income from a stable job, give up our corporate insurance benefits and 401k matching funds, to leave the American education system. To sell our house, sell our cars, and leave our local church.
Some may think it was lacking judgment to start all over in a foreign country on the basis of a letter of invitation from a ministry to join their team in a non-paying position. No salary, and no money promised. No health benefits, and no 401k.
Perhaps this is what it seems.
Our choice of where we live will impact who our kids will marry, what friends will be in our life, and what support group we have in our life. How we generate money now will impact our ability to pay for college, give to the Kingdom, and provide an inheritance for the future.
Irresponsible. Reckless. Foolish. Stupid. Lacking in Judgment.
Adjectives used to describe both bad decisions, and the wondrous abandonment of someone in love.
When Peter jumped out of the boat, I can imagine the impulse propelled by seeing Him there after the resurrection – to see his friend again, a friend that he had grown to love and cherish.
We’ve been transformed by grace. My life is different because God revealed His grace to me in Jesus Christ. Our family is who they are because of the undeserved grace of Christ. Because of that grace, we have a profoundly deep relationship with God through Christ, a vibrant relationship with Him.
We are willing to jump out of the boat. Had I not left my nets several years ago to follow Christ, I would never have left these nets in America and stepped into a dream because of our love for Christ. I would have missed out on what God has designed us for and created us for.
What does the future hold? Of course, we don’t know. But we eagerly await what God will unfold for us.