1/3rd of the first close band of Jesus’ disciples were commercial fishermen. There is no doubt that God chose them intentionally. They fished the way He likes to. They had a core skill set that He planned on using in a totally different application. As commercial fishermen of their day, there were two tasks connected to their nets that regularly were a part of their work life. Often after a day (or night) of fishing they had to spend time doing the chore of washing their nets. This was especially true when they didn’t catch anything. The action of a net full of fish had it’s own way of getting rid of the debris and junk of the sea from the nets. The 2nd common task (the one that they hoped for) was the need to mend the nets, most often caused by a catch so large it broken them.
Washing nets was a common chore for fishermen. They could know almost perfectly from past experiences how much time and effort it would take. Net-washing was a comfortable routine, a traditional part of the fisherman’s life, and a predictable experience.
Broken nets were unpredictable, a catch so great that it tore the nets was a big unknown. How many tears, how bad the tears would be, how much materials would be needed for the repairs were all questions caused by such a tremendous harvest of fish. Tending to the tears always had to wait for the abundant catch to be taken care of first.
As individuals, we prefer the comfort of known routines, predictable tasks and traditions. Organizations, like individuals, resist change and unpredictable tasks. Activities like washing nets are easier to manage, supervise, and measure. Challenging opportunities represented by broken nets require difficult adjustments and sacrificial effort.
Growing individuals, churches, and organizations yearn for broken nets. God’s Word shows His special love for broken things. Jesus loves breaking nets. He specializes in exceeding human expectations and capacities.
Never settle for a life spent just washing nets.
Believe God for a net breaking miracle in your life this week!
Scripture Text: Four Fishermen Called as Disciples
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. Luke 5:1-6