Luke 5: Reaction to God
In Luke 5, I want to focus on the calling of Peter.
Luk 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
Luk 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
Luk 5:7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Luk 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
Peter was clearly a practical man. If I had been fishing all night, and my shift was over, I would be ready to go home. They had worked through the night without catching anything, and Jesus told him to try one more time. If it were me, I might have said, “Whatever…” and gone home, but Peter was willing to try for whatever reason. Maybe he had some idea of who Jesus was at this point, or maybe there was some divine work being done on his conscience. Whatever the reason, he did it, and after catching a gigantic haul of fish, his immediate response was to call Jesus Lord and ask Him to depart.
I think this is significant. I kind of wonder if this will be kind of like our reaction when we get to heaven. We will see God, and we will realize that we are entirely unworthy on our own. We know that we don’t deserve heaven because of anything we have done, but we can also be confident that because of what Jesus Christ did, we will live forever with Him.
Maybe the unbelievers will finally recognize the errors of their ways and will say something like this as well. After all, I do believe that people make a choice. If they reject God, God is going to give them what they want and they will have eternal separation from Him. As a result, maybe at this point where they are finally seeing the God they rejected, they want to get away from Him because they realize they cannot be with Him on their own merits.
I find this really interesting, but I think that it is certainly possible that believers and nonbelievers have similar reactions to seeing God. We will all be blown away by His awesomeness and our inadequacy. However, the question is not whether we deserve heaven. The question is whether or not we trusted Jesus Christ to be the one and only way. We get in on His merit; our own works would be a problem.