The story of Simon Peter’s first encounter with Jesus Christ is one that many are familiar with. Still, it’s good to refresh our minds from time to time with this story and lessons that can be gotten from it.
The attitude of Simon Peter, who prior to that time didn’t know anything about Jesus, is worthy of note and I believe that such attitude is important in the life of anyone who truly wants to walk with the Messiah and be used by Him.
Here are four lessons to learn from Simon (Luke 5:1-11):
- HE RELEASED WHAT HE HAD WILLINGLY FOR JESUS TO USE. Jesus needed a ship to stay in to teach multitudes and decided to use Simon Peter’s. Simon didn’t even know Jesus but he allowed Jesus to use his ship.
He could have refused on account of not knowing Jesus. Besides, Simon had had an unpleasant fishing experience. He had toiled all night but didn’t catch any fish. It’s easy to be in a bad mood when such a thing occurs and because of that refuse to release what one has to the Lord. Not Simon! Although his all night fishing experience was fruitless, he didn’t let that discourage him from allowing Jesus use his ship.
- HE TRUSTED JESUS. What does the bible say about trust? Many things. There is particularly one I love: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding…” (Prov. 3:5). Simon had toiled all night without catching any fish. Jesus told him “let down your net” . Simon replied stating his all night experience but he went further to say “nevertheless, at Jesus’ word, he’d let down his net”. The result? A great catch of fish.
It pays to trust God beyond what past experiences have shown and even beyond the way we understand things.
- HE WAS OBEDIENT. This goes in line with trust. You naturally obey anyone you trust. Simon trusted Jesus and so he obeyed Him when Jesus said “let down your nets”. He could have used logic or experience as an excuse to disobey. He had toiled all night without getting any fish. Logically it seemed impossible to get anything. But Simon chose to obey instead. He also obedient to Jesus’ call to follow Him and be fishers of men.
- HE WAS HUMBLE. The reaction of Simon to the multitude of fish that was caught reveals his humility. He immediately got down on his knees and told Jesus to depart from him because he saw himself as someone unworthy of Jesus.
What does the bible say about humility? God exalts the humble and He gives more grace to them.
Simon was one who had a close walk with Christ and was used powerfully by Him. The lessons above from his life, I believe, are essential to note for a close walk with the Lord and to be used mightily by Him.
Here’s an invite to be part of the feast Jesus has prepared for you, you will only partake of it by being washed in His precious blood that was shed for you. Today choose Jesus!
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