Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him (Luke 5:-11).

Consider what passes for communication these days. OMG! It makes me LOL! I’m ROTFL! Do U C it, 2? Get me the 411 on that.

Texting is only one problem. Two college students were overheard in line waiting to buy a car tag. Their every other word was “like” and “you know” in a conversation that consisted of short bursts, not complete sentences.

How about posting on a social networking page or wall? Who really cares if you’re sitting on your patio drinking wine or you just woke up from a nap? Is this what we’ve come to in our culture, namely, shallow trivia substituting for real engagement and conversation?

Jesus bids us put into deeper waters, not merely in our conversations, but in every aspect of our relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Is there danger there? Yes. Water can refresh, but also overwhelm, as was evident from the flooded river some friends and I passed over coming home from a meeting earlier this week. We may not be able to handle more than the superficiality to which we have grown accustomed.

But there is also reward in going deeper, as Peter and his companions found out. We might find out something new about ourselves or be given a fresh mission. Or find new satisfaction in our work.

I tried to put all this in a song/hymn some years ago:

Put down your net in deeper waters/place your life in Jesus’ hands/don’t be afraid to venture farther/wind and sea are at his command.

When the voice of Jesus calls you/saying “Come and follow me”/leave behind your worldly treasure/live by faith where you cannot see.

Those with faith live by a vision/that the world can’t understand/the call of God their chart and compass/when they lose their sight of land.

Put down your net in deeper waters.

© 2010 Tom Cheatham