We heard a talk from the great Jeremy Lawler on Luke 5:1-11, the passage in which Jesus calls his first disciples.
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
In this passage, we see that Jesus meets a few fishermen who have been fishing all night but haven't caught anything. Jesus tells them to throw their nets out one more time, and when they do, they catch more fish than they can even handle. Jesus then calls these people to follow him, and they do, leaving everything behind. This can only make us wonder -- what were the disciples feeling? They said yes to Jesus, so to some degree, there must have been anticipation and excitement, but also fear and doubt.
For the disciples, they chose to respond in spite of the fear and doubt by leaving everything (including all of the fish they had just caught!) and following Jesus. What's our version of following, and how do we handle fear and uncertainty? Jesus calls us to anchor ourselves to Him, so that He is our guide. Following Jesus is a challenge to live differently, and to see the world with a new perspective. It's in him that we find purpose, grace, and hope.
The disciples had just one glimpse of the good that Jesus could bring: the catching of enough fish to break all of their nets. Something ordinary, like fishing, turned into something extraordinary and began a great journey for these fishermen. This event changed their lives, and their response to it in turn changes ours, too.