Peter had more than one moment in his life when events shocked this seasoned fisherman. The first time was when Jesus was speaking to the crowds by the lake of Gennesaret, “And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking…when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord”” (Luke 5:4–8).
Let’s move on to a second event several years later after the Holy Spirit came. Peter “went here and there…[and] came down also to the saints who lived in Lydda” (Acts 9:32). From there, he went to Caesarea and “the next day…Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. “He fell into a trance and saw the heavens open and something like a great sheet descending” (10:9, 11). “In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean”” (Acts 10:12–14).
This time it was a sheet, not a net, but both events were outside Peter’s control. In the first event, Jesus told Peter that “from now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10). In the second event, Jesus told Peter; “What God has made clean, do not call common” (Acts 10:15). God put the fish into the net, and God put the creatures into the sheet.
Make sure you allow God to choose those He wants you to disciple. They may not be the ones you thought should be in your net or sheet, but that is because you are His servant, not the Master.
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