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Lend Your Boat To Jesus

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Lend Your Boat to Jesus

What boat? You don’t have a boat? You have a boat! And Jesus wants to borrow your boat. Open your Bible, I’ll show you your boat. You don’t’ have a Bible? That is the problem why you don’t know that you have a boat. Well, let’s use my Bible and read chapter 5 verses 1 to 11 of the Gospel of Luke:

1. One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him
and listening to the word of God,
2. he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there
by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to
Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore.
Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
"Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
5. Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all
night and haven't caught anything. But because you
say so, I will let down the nets."
6. When they had done so, they caught such a large
number of fish that their nets began to break.
7. So they signaled their partners in the other boat
to come and help them, and they came and filled both
boats so full that they began to sink.
8. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees
and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"
9. For he and all his companions were astonished at
the catch of fish they had taken,
10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't
be afraid; from now on you will catch men."
11. So they pulled their boats up on shore, left
everything and followed him.

Notice that Jesus saw two boats in the shore and He got into one of them, more specifically owned by Peter. He knew the owner, no doubt about it. Then He asked Peter to push the boat a little farther offshore and He began teaching, bringing the Good News to the crowd that followed Him. After He finished teaching He asked Peter to bring the boat to a deeper part of the sea and cast the nets for a catch. Peter was reluctant because they had been fishing all night and were not able to have a catch. How would they be able to catch fish now that it was daytime. But Peter nonetheless, followed Jesus’ -instruction, let down the net and to their surprise got big, big catch that almost broke the net. They signaled the others to bring in the other boat. When they had hauled the catch the boats almost began to sink. Peter who doubted Jesus and obeyed perhaps not only reluctantly but sarcastically, was embarrassed and so remorsefully and unashamedly dropped down at the feet of Jesus and asked for forgiveness. But Jesus had another purpose for them more than just showing them His Godly power. He told them to follow Him and help Him “catch men”, which they did without hesitation leaving their catch to their relatives and companions.

Take note of the following important points:
• Peter and his companions were out all night fishing but were unable to get a catch. Fishing was their source of income and their boats were there means of livelihood. They were at the point of great frustration having no catch at all.
• Peter lent his boat to Jesus to preach to the crowd
• After doing what He wanted, Jesus gave them a reward, a big unexpected catch, so big they couldn’t believe their eyes. Imagine they were in the same place the night before with no catch at all; and it was daytime but they had the biggest catch of their life.
• Before Jesus came Peter and his companions were washing their nets dejected and frustrated, and for sure were feeling depressed for the prospect of having no income for the day. They had a big problem. Fishermen live on a day to day basis and coming back to shore empty handed is a big loss.
• Peter and his companions left their boats and catch and followed Jesus. Why? Because they believed and realized that if Jesus were able to provide them this big catch out of nowhere, they knew that Jesus will provide the needs of their families.
• Jesus oftentimes go to the seashore to preach, but in this particular case He came at a time that Peter and James and John, his partners, were not able to catch fish the whole night before, tire, frustrated and dejected, no doubt. This was not a coincidence. Jesus had it timed perfectly just as He wanted it. For sure there were other boats on the shore but He chose the two owned by Peter and the brothers, James and John, and He specifically chose to get into the boat of a proud and belligerent man. You know of course that He would use them mightily in His mission.

Now are you going to lend your boat to Jesus? What boat? You have a boat! Your house is a boat, your job, your office, your time, they are all the boats of your life. Let Jesus enter your house and let Him dwell there for a few minutes with your family. Spend some time with Him everyday. Let him play with your children, He loves children as can be seen in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, verses 10, 13, and 16:

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to
have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked
them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He
said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these’. And he took the children
in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”

Lend Him a few minutes of your work and let Him use this few minutes of your time for His pleasure; maybe He wants to tell you to go farther where you can get a big catch. Maybe you’re worried about so many things, about the problems of the day, take a time out and let Jesus come into your concerns, anxieties and let Him lead you where the solutions are.

Your heart is a big boat! Maybe Jesus is trying to get into your heart but your heart is full of so many worldly thrash --- bitterness, hatred, resentments, jealousy, envy, covetousness, remorse, anger --- that He cannot get in anymore. Look around, don’t be too occupied washing your empty nets. Let Jesus step into your boat, your heart and let Him do some patching up, then do as He tells you to do, throw your nets for the big catch of your life.

Your love life is your boat. Is your love boat in a mess? Empty? Is it in a midst of a stormy sea? Let Jesus come into your love boat and calm the storm. Ask Him to let you come to Him walking in the water and together walk with Him back to the boat and experience instant peace and calm (Matthew 14:28-32).

Your business is your boat. How is it now? Is it empty and you are washing your nets with bitterness? Lend your boat to Jesus. Let Him first use your boat. Your business occupies all of your time you may have forgotten Him, that apart from Him, you can do nothing (John 15:5).

Whatever your boat is, remember what Peter did. Even though Peter was busy nursing his bitterness (washing his nets) when Jesus asked him to push the boat a little farther offshore, Peter obliged without hesitation, without grumbling; he dropped what he was doing and forgot all about his net.

So do what Peter did. Let Jesus use your boat and drop everything you’re doing, do what He tells you to do; then follow His instructions afterwards. And like Peter, you may be reluctant to follow Him because what He is telling you to do might seem absurd and even impossible, but give a try anyway and cast your net where He wants it. Remember in the case of Peter, there are two boats. It’s not a coincidence, it s part of a divine design. There have to be two boats because the catch will not be enough for one boat to carry. This means that the blessings will overflow your boat and require other boats. Other people, your friends, your business partners, your loved ones will all share in your abundant catch.

But wait! That’s not the end of the story. Remember Jesus told Peter and the others to leave their boats and follow Him. What Jesus actually meant was that from then on they didn’t have to worry about their daily concerns; it would be amply provided. They knew this and so they followed Jesus without batting an eyelash.

So when Jesus steps into your boat and sits on it, expect the big catch and when it comes into your net abundantly, let go, follow Him. He is telling you, from now on you shall not be fishing for your daily needs and livelihood anymore. You shall be fisher of men. He is telling you to spread the Good News, to evangelize and bring souls to Him and not to worry anymore about your needs, He will take care of it as He promised in Matthew 6:25-33

You can even extend the meaning of the boat in your life by not only lending it to Jesus but inviting Him to sail with you so that when the water gets rough and the waves are big, or when the storms come threatening your boat in middle of the sea of your life, you can simply wake Him up and say “ Master, help, our boat is sinking”. And surely, the Lord will command the wind and the sea to be still and stay calm (Matthew 8:23-27) There is no doubt He will do it. Why? Because He is in the boat with you and He cannot let the boat sink with Him. For one thing He cannot sink, secondly He cannot allow people who are with Him to drown and save Himself. He cannot deny Himself. His mission when He came to earth was to save and that mission is still in force today and forever, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Lend your boat to Jesus! Better yet, sail your boat with Jesus on board! Your boat will be unsinkable!

Glory to God in the highest! Halleluiah!
Published: 2006-07-03
Author: Apolo Jucaban

About the author or the publisher
Filipino, male, married,2 children, two grandsons.Education: A.B. English,in Literature; B.S. Geology; Master in Environmental Planning all taken from the University of the Phillipines post-graduate in Groundwater Development, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
Profession: More than 15 years in the government as project manager/director; about 25 years in as consultant,local & foreign assignments. Have various unpublished & published papers, technical reports, seminar papers.

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