Giving your ‘Yes’ to Jesus

Luke 5:5b “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

I have often used a variation of this on my son when he was younger. He has a penchant for tireless explanations to try and get out of things I ask him to do and in doing so he would wear out my patience and I would say in response to his millionth why ‘Just do it because mum said so.’  I would follow it later with an explanation that he just has to trust mum even if he does not entirely understand all aspects of the why of it.

But how often have I been like that with God. Have I always listened and trusted even when I struggled to comprehend and said “But because you say so Lord, I will.”

These words above in Luke 5 were said by Peter, when Jesus calls his very first disciples. Jesus was at the Lake of Gennesaret. He was surrounded by a crowd of people to whom he was teaching the word. He spots two boats and gets into the one belonging to Simon Peter and he says to put out a little from shore so that he can sit down and teach the people from the boat. Simon Peter was with his brother Andrew.

Jesus asks them to give him something

  • Their time
  • Their willingness
  • Their resources

Simon and his brother Andrew were out all-night fishing but they were unsuccessful. They were probably tired, hungry and maybe a little dejected as this was their livelihood and they clearly would not be selling anything that day. They probably just wanted to finish washing the nets and go home.

And yet we see Simon respond with willingness and obedience to Jesus. And in doing so he got the best front row seat (in that boat) and listened to Jesus teach.

For us: May our responses to God be more about our willingness to listen to Him and our obedience to what He says than about us. And on that path of obedience with our gaze fixed on Him, we learn from the Lord himself.

We continue to read in verse 4 “When he finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep waters and let down the nets for a catch’.”

Take note that it was when Jesus finished speaking, there is no mention of how long Jesus spoke for. Simon and Andrew were in the boat with Jesus, tired from a full night of unsuccessful fishing. We would expect Simon to say “I gave you my boat and my time Master to teach, but I really do not think it would be of any use to go out to deep waters and try again.”

Instead, how does he respond:

Master, we have worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so I will let down the nets.”

Remember that there is no promise from Jesus that there would be certainty of catching any fish and yet Simon responds with obedience and submission to Jesus.

For us: A beautiful reminder that the Lord loves to see a willing, trusting and obedient heart in us. We are to trust in Him, even if we are yet to see the results at the end of the path that He has asked us to step on.

They go out to deep waters, let down their nets and catch such a large number of fish that they had to signal their partners in the other boat to come out and help them. And all their nets were so full that they were on the verge of sinking. Everyone was astonished seeing this.

We read in verse 8 “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell on Jesus knees and said, ‘Go away from me Lord; I am sinful man!”

In verse 5 when Simon speaks to Jesus about letting the nets down, he calls Jesus ‘Master’ but in verse 8 he calls Jesus, ‘Lord’.

Simon had spent time with Jesus before this, in the previous chapter in Luke 4:38-39 we read “Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So, he bent over and rebuked the fever and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.”

Simon had Jesus in his home and has seen Him heal his mother-in-law. From his actions, we understand that he respected Jesus. But there was a shift in him after he goes out to deep waters and experiences this miracle for himself, it is reflected in him calling Jesus ‘Lord’ instead of ‘Master’.

Seeing the power of God at work in such a display brought Simon to his knees. He falls at Jesus feet and says that he is not worthy to be near Jesus.  There was growth in that moment for Simon. In light of the purity and power of Jesus, his own sinfulness and unworthiness was more evident to him. And his first instinct is that he is not worthy to be near Jesus. But how does Jesus respond:

Jesus replies to Simon and says “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men. So, they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything and followed him.”

It was not Simon Peter’s worthiness or righteousness that qualified him to be a disciple. It started with his willingness and obedience to Jesus. Jesus got into the boat while Simon was washing the nets and then told him put out to shore. Simon did not have a course charted out and tell Jesus to hop on while he does his thing. He got into the boat when Jesus asked him to and said ‘Because you say so, I will’. 

He said ‘Yes’ to Jesus with his time, his attitude and his resources. And that ‘Yes’ to Jesus allowed him to be led by Jesus to experience and understand more of  HIM, and onto the path that Jesus laid out for him.   

May our daily walk with God be one of listening to God and of obedience rather than asking God to join us for the plans we have charted out. And may our posture and attitude honour him with our trust reflecting these words “Because you say so Lord, I will”.

God Bless

41 thoughts on “Giving your ‘Yes’ to Jesus

  1. I love this account of the disciples and Jesus and Peter saying- Lord because you say so I will.
    When Jesus calls us to do something, he calls us to trust him without knowing the results in advance. It is a faith journey. Sometimes we see why in this life and sometimes we won’t know why until we are in heaven.

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    1. It is a faith journey indeed and you are so right when you say that we may get to know the answer to the why in this life, if not when we are in heaven, and we should make peace with that.
      Thank you 😊

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  2. I don’t know if I have ever considered how remarkable Peter’s response to Jesus was. And to think of the blessing he was given for obeying! Thank you for opening my eyes to think about this story more. I won’t be surprised if we all have the opportunity to practice blind obedience this year. May we be like Peter, obeying simply because God asks us to, even when we don’t understand.

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  3. This is a beautiful post. And a lovely illustration on following the Lord’s lead, no matter what He asks. When we obey, we will be blessed in return. May we remember that it is not our worthiness or righteousness that qualifies us. He looks at our heart and sees our level of willingness and obedience. May we allow God to lead us like a Shepherd leads His sheep. We can always trust Him, no matter where the path leads. I love the words, “Because you say so Lord, I will”. This reminds to me to walk with God, every day. Thank you for sharing this! Blessings, my friend. ❤

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    1. May our hearts indeed reflect trust, willingness and obedience in and to God. May we grow in these areas and not hesitate to say Because you say so Lord, I will.
      Thank you my dear friend. Your words and thoughts you share are always such an encouragement to me 🤗💙

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  4. Yes! Such a powerful piece of Scripture! He is looking first for our willingness. When we recognize He is Master and Lord and give Him our obedience, it is amazing to watch how He puts all else in place. Thank you for an excellent word, Manu! Be blessed, dear friend! ❤

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  5. A wonderful post, Manu. God forgives us, is patient with us, and loves us. In turn, we need to trust Him and be obedient. May we all be open-hearted, silent, and listening so we can say, “Because you say so, Lord, I will.”

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  6. The best part of obedience is discovering what God had in mind. When He says something, He has something up His sleeves for us, doing what He says activates receipt on our end of what He stored up. Glad you were used by God to remind me.

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  7. I don’t usually tell a student, “Because I said so,” but last week I did. One of my little fellows was about to wear me slick, and that’s all that would come out of my mouth! After I said what I did, I didn’t hear any more out of him😂. As I read your post, the following scripture came to my mind, “His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭2:5‬.‭ Whether or not to obey God isn’t up for discussion! Great post, Manu😊

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    1. I like the verse you pointed out – Mary telling the servants to do Whatever Jesus tells them to. I remember this verse, it is when Jesus turns water into wine. That verse is so apt for this. Even though they did not understand how Jesus was going to provide wine all they had to do was follow His directive.
      Thank you Deb 🤗💙

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  8. POWERFUL!

    Reminds me of Mary mother of Jesus, ”And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her” Luke 1:38

    Does it mean that God only uses those who say YES to HIM?

    That one has sank deep into my skull.

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  9. Peter did set an excellent example of obedience for us. There will often be times God calls us to do things we don’t really understand but when we trust Him and obey, there are blessings in store. Thanks Manu! I’ve missed reading your posts. 🌸

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  10. Great post Perth! This is so applicable to us now. I love this: “It was not Simon Peter’s worthiness or righteousness that qualified him to be a disciple. It started with his willingness and obedience to Jesus.” Blessings my friend!

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  11. And this too! Luke 5:5 has been a key Scripture for me in an area where God has asked for my obedience, that doesn’t make sense in the natural. I was just journaling this Scripture recently. I am about to send this post to my friend, as the two of us were ruminating together on this Scripture and its corresponding principle. And she, too, was remembering how her parents would say, “Because I said so!”

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      1. Yes Father, cause us to grow deeper and deeper in trusting You! I was just singing ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus this weekend, and ended up singing it to my daughter afterwards because she was surprised that I would express the need to grow in trust since she has seen me walk with Jesus so long. I emphasized that last line to her, “Oh for grace to trust Him more!”

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  12. You highlighted something I never noticed before, “Remember that there is no promise from Jesus that there would be certainty of catching any fish and yet Simon responds with obedience and submission to Jesus.”

    Oh, that we would follow Jesus and be obedient in the midst of uncertainty. Thank you for sharing this observation.

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