Tiny Steps to a Big Calling

March 2015: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Sometimes, the littlest things can have the most lasting impact. That’s why we should never underestimate the importance of small acts of obedience. They may seem insignificant to us, but they are often the first step toward our destiny. The Lord has a plan for each believer’s life and a method by which He brings it to fruition. Peter’s experience with Jesus is a wonderful example of how tiny steps of faith can lead to a big calling.

The story begins in Luke 5:1-11, when Jesus was teaching beside the lake of Gennesaret. As the crowd pressed in on Him, He saw two boats at the shore and asked Peter to row Him out a ways so He could keep teaching. Who’d have guessed that this would be a turning point in Peter’s life? It was a rather simple request, but what if he had said, “I’m awfully busy. I fished all night and caught nothing and now have to clean the nets before I can go home and rest. Find someone else’s boat to borrow.” Imagine what he would have missed.

When Peter let Jesus use his boat, he opened the door for the Lord to use his entire life.

You know, your life really isn’t that different from Peter’s. Jesus is still calling people to obey His simple promptings. Sure, His requests may be inconvenient or unexpected, but do you really want to forfeit what’s on the other side of a small act of obedience? When Peter let Jesus use his boat, he opened the door for the Lord to use his entire life.

God sometimes asks us to do things that seem irrational. After Christ finished teaching, He told Peter to go out farther and let down his nets for a catch. Peter knew that the best fishing was at night. However, because he had obeyed Jesus the first time and received a front row seat to hear Him teach, Peter agreed to do the ridiculous. And wouldn’t you know it, he brought in more fish than he could handle!

Because Peter obeyed in a small matter and in a humanly illogical request, Jesus called him to become a disciple and transformed him into a powerful leader of the church. Just imagine what the Lord can do with your life if you’ll heed His small promptings and obey even when His requests make no sense to you. Why not find out? Your God-given destiny is on the other side of obedience.

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1 Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;

2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.

3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.

4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."

5 Simon answered and said, Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets."

6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;

7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.

8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!"

9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;

10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men."

11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

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