“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, Follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” Mark 1:16-18

 

When you hear the name Peter from the Bible what comes to your mind? Do you think of him as one of the disciples of Jesus. Or do you visualize him stepping out of the boat and walking on water towards his Master.  Do you wonder how he felt after he denied, three times, knowing Jesus? Peter had his own unique relationship and journey with Jesus. He was chosen by Jesus to be one of his twelve disciples and he witnessed many miracles.  Jesus’ first words to Peter were “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17). His last words to him were “You must follow me” (John 21:22). Peter never failed to follow even though he often stumbled. Recently, I read about Jesus’ encounter with Peter after the resurrection. It really moved me in my personal relationship with Jesus and I hope it encourages you as well.

Peter’s impulsive leap off the boat into the cold, murky waters marked the moment of his breakthrough to a life of remarkable abundance.

Peter had recently denied Jesus three times. The guilt, shame, disbelief in what his life had been, what he thought it was going to be had been shattered.  Three years he had journeyed with Jesus. He had left everything. While at Jesus’ side he had witnessed miracles, healings, and victories yet now he found himself back in his battered fishing boat.  All night he and John had caught nothing.  But then a voice from the shore shouted, “Friends, do you have any fish?” Then again they heard the voice say, “Cast your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some!” Immediately without thought or hesitation they flung their nets to the other side and instantly their nets were abundantly full and overflowing.

What a lesson of truth for all of us.  Just like Peter we have loved and experienced Jesus. We have witnessed his transforming power, his miracles, provisions yet for many of us we have rejected or denied him by holding onto sin or idols in our lives.  Yet our Jesus is full of grace, mercy and forgiveness and just as he called out to Peter that morning he too is calling out your name.  Coming to you right where you are and saying, “The way you are living isn’t working, try the other side.

I hope and pray as you hear Jesus’ voice calling your name you will HEAR it and fix your eyes on Him, for He is your author and finisher of your faith. We have all failed and made mistakes that make us feel completely worthless but that is a lie. The truth is- God is waiting on the shore for you to leap out of your boat and swim to his arms of love and forgiveness. It is never too late. God’s faithfulness can compensate for your greatest unfaithfulness. Are you willing to keep following Jesus, even when you fail?

WRITTEN BY: Lori Mead