Luke 5:4- Simon Quits His Day Job

Luke 5:4 - Let down your nets

The funny thing about this miracle is that Jesus essentially gives Simon a miraculous day on the job in order for Simon to quit his job. He uses the very thing that Simon thinks he knows the most about, fishing, to convince Simon that Jesus is worth following.

As I sat with this passage from Luke, I felt God teaching me that this was a miracle about control. I suspect that if Simon was alive in 2013 and was a young entrepreneur in the Bay Area his first thought after a miracle like this would be to hire Jesus.

Our modern lives are so laser focused on our own agendas that I think we limit God to what we think works with those agendas. I don’t know this, obviously, but I’m guessing that Simon was not asking for this miracle. In fact in vs. 5 he totally argues with Jesus. He tells him (I’m paraphrasing) “Dude. I’ve been fishing all day. There are like NO fish. Dumb idea. Waste of time.” ¬†But Jesus saw into Simon’s soul and knew the thing he needed to see in order to follow him that day. I am deeply convicted of the ways I have limited God based on my own “expertise”.

Not only that but Simon¬†recognizes the miracle for what it means- Jesus is the son of God and it doesn’t matter how he earns a living as long it means he’s following Jesus. And so he leaves his boat, his nets, his living, and just…follows. It’s so wonderfully simple. I want to cultivate a heart that would react this way if Jesus were to do a miracle in my own life. Not be blinded by the sheer brilliance of the miracle itself… but recognize the brilliance of the God behind it and just follow Him.

3 Responses to Luke 5:4- Simon Quits His Day Job

  1. kathi August 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    It’s impossible to forecast how the future will unfold following Jesus. That’s ’cause we change as we get to know him better.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping grasp the depth & scope of following Jesus into the unknown future. Just as Simon couldn’t see all the big fish he was about to catch, I don’t know what’s out there, either.

  2. Susan Aurora February 21, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I want this one for my house! Can you sell prints of this one too? You should sell all your work. Such a beautiful way to be reminded of the Word each day! :)

  3. Enrique Melendez January 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi my name is Enrique and I am a church planter in East LA. I was wondering if you would be willing to sell me a print of this picture. My email address is

    I’m really encouraged by the art piece. I love that Jesus establishes the work of our hands. This picture really makes that clear.

    Thanks for the picture


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