Using The Unlikely

Luke 5:10 And so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon, and Jesus said to Simon, “do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.

Do not be afraid: Brothers and sisters, Jesus does not drive away the sinner who recognizes his or her wretched condition. He accepts the confessing sinner and offers that person the opportunity of reconciliation with God. Then He sends the forgiven sinner out to do the work of God.

Catch men: Peter’s commission was to rescue men and women from the danger of sin.

A large crowd on the shore wanted to hear Jesus speak. That’s the reason Jesus was on Peter’s boat, (Luke 5:3), but it wasn’t the only reason. The other reason is that Jesus had a plan for Peter’s life.

Luke 5:3 Then He got into one of the boat’s which was Simon’s and ask him to put out a little from the land.

When Jesus finished speaking to the people, He told Peter let down his nets, Luke 5:4. Peter did, and he caught so many fish, his nets couldn’t hold them all.

That’s all it took for Peter to fall at Jesus’ feet and say
Luke 5:8 “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

Brothers and sisters, have you ever heard the expression “rough as a cob?” In earlier times, way back, a corncob was used by some for personal hygiene concluding a visit to the outhouse. To say that one is “rough as cob” is to note their abrasive manner, or unpolished style of approach usually in regard to communications or actions.

This phrase described Peter. He was loud, impulsive, rude, and sometimes profane, just as some of us are. He wasn’t under any illusion about himself. Jesus wasn’t under any illusion about Peter. Jesus planned to use Peter, in spite of Peter’s limitations. God knew Peter’s heart, and that was enough.

Brothers and sisters, God knows our hearts too. He delights in using unlikely individuals. What He wants from us isn’t our ability; God wants our availability.

Heavenly Father, help me believe You will do great things with my life.

Written By Edward Jeffries

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