Today’s Scripture Selection: Luke 5:5

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

You can hear the exhaustion in his voice.

A professional fisherman; well experienced at his chosen trade; Peter had his doubts.  In fact, that’s putting it mildly.  He probably thought that it would be a complete waste of time to do what Jesus was saying to do.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if this tough laborer was more than a little annoyed at the order.  But, he would do it.

Maybe Jesus was making a point of being in charge.

Maybe it was a test of obedience.

Maybe Jesus was trying to see how loyal his new followers were.


But it wasn’t any of those things.

No, the Master simply wanted to show Simon and the others that if they would follow Him – amazing things were in store for all of them.

They would become fishers of men; whatever that meant.

For now, it was enough that they see that Jesus’ authority and power was like something they had never seen before – never even dreamed of before.

Two thousand years later – sometimes we need reminding of that too.

Most of us are a rather independent lot.  We like doing what we want to do; when we want to do it.  Sometimes we make sacrifices for friends; family; co-workers; or for some personal “greater” goal we have in mind.

Simply following Christ as Lord and Master – that can sometimes be tough to do.

But if we do – we will find what Simon, Paul, Timothy, Mary, Martha, and so many others have found.

The Master knows what He is doing.  The Master can be trusted.  The Master has a plan that includes us.  And, most of all, the Master loves us – even as He loves the entire world.

How can we do anything but follow?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Master, help me to follow in faithful obedience, wherever you lead.  AMEN.



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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