“For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people! And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus” (Luke 5:9-11, NLT).
In this story that is the first call of disciples recorded in Luke’s gospel, Peter, James and John had just fished all night with no results.
When Jesus told them to go back to even deeper water and cast their nets (vs. 5), the prospects of catching fish were much more unlikely because it was daytime and the fish moved to the bottom of the lake (which is why they fished at night).
Yet, they had the biggest catch of their career as fishermen!
But this biggest catch was not meant to enrich Peter, James, and John; it was a demonstration of Jesus’ supernatural power to them.
He was sending them a clear message about who He was and what He wanted them to do. They seemed to get it because they were awestruck and then left everything including their biggest catch to follow Jesus.
Sometimes God’s blessings aren’t intended to enrich us as much as to enable us. Sometimes God’s blessings aren’t s so much a matter of getting all we can get from God, but rather giving all we can give to God.