Casting the net

John 21:6: He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. (ESV)

There is nothing passive about casting the net. You do not cast the net staying in your house watching the TV. You have to be down in the water, where the fishes are. There is a deliberateness about it.

Jesus said he will make Peter a fisher of men (effective in the salvation of souls to God’s kingdom) (Mark 1:17), to draw a parallel with what he did for a living.

To be a fisherman at that time was energy and time consuming. It requires skill, dedication, love and certain level of agility.

In the passage from which we derive the focus verse (John 21:1-14), we see a contrast in the results of following Christ‘s instruction and following our own initiative.

When Peter and Co did their thing, convinced that they know what to do, they caught nothing, but when they walked based on an instruction, they caught many fishes.

Therefore in the business of saving of souls, there is a delicate balance of initiative and divine instruction, which we must be aware of.

As a fisher of men, there are the divine tools given by God, means of getting into the water, knowledge and experience, there is the lake in which we are to fish, there are people we are to fish with, and there is the divine instruction for great effectiveness, and there is what to do with the fishes after they are caught.


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