Drop Your Nets
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20 NKJV
Peter and Andrew were the first of Jesus’ twelve disciples. They along with the others—later to be named apostles—were empowered to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Also, Jesus promised them that signs, wonders, and miracles would follow them to confirm His Word (Mark 16:17-20).
The world sees power as a way to gain control over others. But Jesus, who has all power, gave His first disciples and us power and authority to serve others. There are times when God intervenes supernaturally and miraculously to confirm the Word of His Kingdom (1 Cor. 4:20). But to receive this power, you must drop your nets and follow Him.
A net is an entrapping device or situation. A device used to catch and entangle fish, birds, or animals. Spiritually speaking, a “net” can also be a situation which entangles you when you make excuses or allow anything or anyone to come between you and carrying out the Lord’s commission.
Like Peter and Andrew, when you drop your “nets”, i.e., make up your mind to follow Christ and share and witness the good news of the Gospel to everyone, signs follow you (Mark 16:15-20). You must drop your “nets” to be an effective witness filled with power (Acts 1:8). To those who refuse to be entangled in the “nets” of making excuses or allowing anything or anyone to come between you and fulfilling the Great Commission, God will give you power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). Jesus said, “if anyone would come after me [drop his nets], he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23-24).