“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’
“For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 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.’ So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him..”
The stunning miracle that Jesus performed in these verses caught the attention of all those present, and caused Simon Peter to recognize immediately who Jesus was.
This event can be interpreted as an illustration of the power of the Lord to bring prosperity to His followers. However, as Pastor John points out in a video on this scripture, the words hold a far more important message, and Jesus lost no time in delivering it.
As Pastor John says, “This story is not about how to get rich – it’s about how to get free from riches.”
It’s all about freedom – about getting free and about giving freedom to others.
How important that is! Here were four businessmen whose business had just been blessed with an enormous gift of business resources (perishable goods, incidentally, and ripe for selling at a profit). Yet such was the power of the Lord and of His presence, that having brought their boats to land, “they forsook all and followed Him.”
He had made it plain (as He would do many times during His ministry) that there are far more important priorities than riches, to be pursued in this life.
What a powerful story – and what a powerful lesson for us all.
That freedom is still available today, while most people are stressing and straining at this business of living – struggling with a changing and ever more difficult world. While we focus our minds on the problems around us, we only magnify and increase them, and give them more power in our lives.
He holds the answer.
Digital – vector: Pierre Bézier tool in Macromedia Fireworks.