An excerpt from the message on February 6, 2022: In Luke 5:1-11, we find Jesus by the Sea of Galilee one morning. A group of fishermen (Peter, James, and John) find themselves tired and frustrated from a night of fruitless labor. They have caught nothing, and they begin to wash their nets as Jesus begins to be surrounded by a crowd. So Jesus goes out into a boat to preach. We do not know the content of the message, but we do know the effect that Jesus had on the disciples that day. They made an abrupt change in their lives and followed Jesus. It must have been a difficult move for these disciples, but they moved into this change with faith and with hope that only comes through Jesus Christ. They moved into deeper waters to cast their nets for people.
For us today, Jesus still calls us to move into deeper waters and cast our nets. He calls us to continue moving forward with Christ by our side despite the abrupt changes that may occur in our lives or in the life of the church. Going into deeper waters and following Jesus Christ is the only way for the church to go forward. It requires faith and hope that Christ is still leading and guiding the church. Christ will enlighten the eyes of our hearts to know the hope that he has called us (Ephesians 1:18). Jesus still calls to us. He still calls to us to be his disciples in this world, and it is our duty to respond in faith and hope to what Christ has done and what Christ is doing in our midst. When we respond in following Jesus Christ, it may bring change to our lives and the church. But Christ will be with us in that boat, as we journey on into deeper waters inviting others in relationship to Christ, as we grow in faith and hope, and as we share the love of Christ with those around us. Christ is calling; let us listen to him and follow him.