Quick Thought Thursday: From “If You Say So” to Following Jesus

One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.

It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 5-6.

“‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.’” ~Luke 5:5

“If you say so,” it’s an attitude of trust, but where did it come from in Peter and what did it lead to?

What was that initial spark of trust in Peter? What prompted Peter to trust Jesus in this moment? He barely knew him at this point. Had Jesus’ reputation preceded him? Had Peter seen Jesus among the people previous days or months? Was Peter even listening to Jesus as he taught or was he thinking about all the work he’d have to do to clean up after Jesus was finished? What was it about Jesus that gave Peter just enough of the “if you say so” attitude to trust him in spite of everything he knew as a veteran fisherman?

Maybe Peter was rolling his eyes as he said it. Maybe he said it sarcastically or with exasperation? Regardless, he had just enough trust in the words of Jesus to submit to his request, and as a result his life would never be the same! As Peter was hauling in the large catch of fish, transformation in his life had just begun, and he was beginning to see Jesus for who he really is, someone who’s words are worthy of our trust. In that moment, from one little “trust” to another Peter goes from “if you say so” to following Jesus and his adventure begins!

I’m not sure what it was for Peter, and it’s probably a little different for everybody, but when we encounter Jesus, trust him, and submit, our lives too are transformed as we participate in the adventure of following Jesus.

This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?

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