Launch Out Into the Deep
Necessities for launching out into the deep
- A total surrender towards God
- A thorough submissiveness to God
- A timeless scope
Psalm 34: 8-10 "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing." There is a story and I think this is good illustration, a good opener, but there was a little boy, he went to the store with his mother and the shop owner was a kind man that knew the family. And when the little boy came up to the counter, the shop owner passed him a large jar of suckers and invited the little boy to help himself to a handful. And the little boy just kind of stood back kind of shyly, which his mom knew that was not like her boy. So the shop owner pulled out a handful himself and handed it to the boy. They went outside and when outside, the mom looked at the little boy and said, hey son, you know what, you need to step up on that. You know that the shop owner was being nice. She said, why wouldn't you reach in and take a handful? And little boy just smiled and looked up and said, well, his hands are a lot bigger.
And I thought of that with our text Psalm 34:8 says, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord, (guess what? He's good), is good." He does a lot better than what we can do with our lives. Then Luke chapter five, God laid this text on my heart this week, actually I was sitting in classes and I jotted this whole thing down and then God said, preach it. All right, so I'm preaching it tonight. We are not continuing on with biblical manhood on Mother's Day. All right, so instead we are doing, "launch out into the deep." All right, it says here in Luke 5:1-11 "And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake, but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land, And he sat down, and tauhgt the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, (and here is the phrase) Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." Some say draft there, but I call it draught. "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. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 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. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men."
Heavenly father. I pray that as we look at just a couple of simple thoughts, deal with us, Lord, help us be willing to launch out into the deep. Lord has always do that, which I can't, Lord speak to hearts. We ask and claim your power in Jesus name. Amen. Launch out into the deep and just a challenge. I know the college students, many of them will be heading out, some of them have graduated. And so as they graduate, hopefully they will head off into the ministry and serve somewhere. And then we had a testimony and God, I think just put it together, a testimony of someone right from our midst. God's saying, hey, step out, launch out into the deep. It is scary to do that. It is scary to launch out into the deep. It is scary to step out and kind of an uncomfortable zone. And part of that is because when you are up close to the shore, you know this, part of it is you could just hop right out of the boat. If something is going bad, or there is a leak, like, oh well I will just hop right out. I'm doing okay. If you launch out into deep, you can't do that. And so here in this text we see that God or Christ was telling them to launch out into the deep. I just have three simple points. If you're going to launch out into the deep, the first thing that it takes as a total surrender, a total surrender, that is a heart condition.
It is a heart condition. If you are going to launch out into the deep, because some of it means that you are going to trust in God's way and not your way. And you see this right in the text, partial surrender is never good enough for God. I don't care in what situation, I'm not just talking about full time service, I'm talking about all of us in all time service for God. In Christian service, whatever it may be, partial surrender is never good enough for God. This should be something that should happen in our lives. It should be in our lives. Notice in the text here and this should happen. It says, and Simon answering said, Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing. And then notice the phrase, nevertheless. And I ask you this evening, there should not be spots in your life just like Josh gave. And I know I could tell you this, there are times in my life that I didn't think this was the right thing to do, but I came to the point and I said, nevertheless.
Do you have some nevertheless moments? If not, then you are not surrendered. Because God is going to ask you sometimes to do something that you are going to think, this is ridiculous and you are going to have to bow down and be totally surrendered and that is a heart condition--and that is God, you know more, nevertheless, whatever. And you will notice there will be a change. There will be a change in perspective when you have a total surrender. Why? In verse five it says, And Simon answering and said, Master that is kind of like teacher, isn't it? When you totally surrender and your heart is changed, you will come down to the point that in verse eight, you are no longer saying, Master, you are saying, depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. When you are totally surrendered, Jesus changes from being just a teacher to being your Lord.
And some of us, God has asked us maybe to launch out into the deep and that could be in some ministry. And I know I am pushing some of you just to get out and door knock. Launch out into the deep. I know you say, what am I supposed to tell them? Then hang something on the door. Our job is that when you start praying for the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers, he is going to pinpoint you and say, you do it, boy. You get out there and you hand some tracks out. You talk about me. You get someone to come out and come to church. Okay, get someone to sit with you. And this is what I tell you as a church. So who is going to replace the McGee family? We have to get them in here. And you don't think there is enough? Is everybody saved and going to church in Porter County, in Lake County and Laporte County? No. There's plenty of people out there. Knock on their door. Get them. You work with them, pray over them. Launch out into the deep. It's total surrender. God help us to be totally surrendered so that we can launch out into the deep.
You'll notice secondly, that not only is there a total surrender, there is a thorough submissiveness. Notice what it says that they, he did it. And then when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees. It's a good place to be. A good place to be is on your knees. You know, even my wife and I have started to do that. You know, sometimes I sit in my bed and I do my devotions and pray. But you know, out in my office at home, what I have found is there's something about, again, getting on your knees--there is. It's a good place to be--on your knees. Submissiveness and I think there are a whole lot of us that, a high of a lot of self in us. And it is silliness that we get all bent out of shape. I see Rufus sitting there in my seat, what is he doing there sitting in my seat. Who does he think he is anyway. He probably does not even care about you. He is not even thinking about you? But there you are. It's a pew. It is a pew, Dude. You are getting bent out of shape and getting out of sorts. You losing your Christianity over a Pew. That is the way some of us are. He did not wave. He did not wave at me. He probably did not see you. Nobody else does either. And some of it is that with some of us, it's all about us. It is never about Christ. And when you get a thorough submissiveness, you just bow down and you say God, nevertheless, Lord, I'm a sinful man. And I actually remember, and I was thinking about this when I was writing this down because somebody in the last couple of months preached. You know, after a while all the messages just kind of mix in. I could pull a Dr Strange, I could just mix all the messages together and I would be preaching some ridiculous story too. With his little you know, Kentucky boy story. Well I was thinking that somebody mentioned this passage in the last couple of months and they mentioned that Peter, what was Peter's trade, fisherman? And I'm not much of a fisherman and that's why I was trying to remember. I was like, who said it? And they fished a little bit and they had done it commercially a little bit and they had said that nobody goes fishing in the middle of the day. But what did Christ tell Peter to do? Launch out in the middle of the day. And you know what God is going to do sometimes he is going to make you submit and put your knowledge in the backseat. Because you are going to cry, and say, wait a minute God. He is God, remember. He is the creator, remember. He's all knowing, remember. And sometimes He is going to say, I know a little more. And actually even if it is not the way it is supposed to be, I can make it anyway because I am God. That's our God. A thorough submissiveness.
Thirdly, told you. You thought I was lying? Look at verse 10, "And so was also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; (this is what I love) from henceforth thou shalt catch men." So what do we see? A total surrender, a thorough submissiveness and now they have a timeless scope. What do we mean by that? They have a heavenly vision. What was he worried about? Day to day operations. I'm a fisherman. I got bills to pay, I have got mouths to feed, I got this boat, I got the nets to take care of and God says, wait a minute, I got a new scope. It's timeless from now on, you are going to have eternity in view. Because now you are not gonna, it's not the day to day things, and the mundane that I am going to put you in charge of. You are going to be out there winning souls and that's eternal in view. That's the scope and that's what I think sometimes we forget. God sometimes has to stir us up, mix us up. And just like with Josh, you say, well man, what is going to happen? What are you going to do, I don't know. We both sat down in his basement and we prayed. Neither of us have any idea, we don't need to know that yet. What we need to do now is train. Let's get the training in, then find out. Let's get that training in and then God will say, hey, let's go out. And it's a different scope. It's not, it's not just about your little world. It's about another city, another state, another country. It's this world. God says, launch out into the deep.
Three simple points this evening before we take communion. And I believe it is a challenge for the graduates because some of you are going to be going out and you are going to bank on your knowledge. All right? You are going to bank on your knowlege. All right? Some of you already congratulated me. All right. I'm Dr. D now. Dr. D, I graduated Friday. But you know what? That diploma and all that could just sit in the back because already God said tuck it away. Toss it away. I know why God made me do it. There were some reasons. I know God wanted me to do it. But guess what? That doesn't make you all of a sudden like ooh, wow. Can I touch the hem? No. No. We always should be pushing ourselves. That's why I know God wanted me to do it. Push yourself a little bit and so graduates, you know what you have got to do. Alright, my staff needed to see it. They need to see me push a little bit. And so you are going to be in a situation and God's going to push you a little bit. I did not want to do this. God said, launch out a little bit. Come on. I got enough to do, launch out boy. And you know what you have got to do. You do what God says. You launch out and you do what God says, and he will take care of you and he will bless you because of it. You launched out, but it comes when you totally surrender, it is all his. That's right.
All right. I am not trying to be mean, but I can tell you this is a church and I know my staff knows this and the leadership knows that if God told me tomorrow to drop what I am doing and go to some country, I am gone. And the reason is because I have learned whatever he says I will do because the consequences of not doing it, is bad. Right. And he taught me that enough over the years. And sometimes I'm sitting there laying, I remember a couple years ago I was arguing with God, I was fighting with Him and I would come out from my study from being on my knees and it had done me any good. And my wife would say, man, what is up with you in her nice, soft, pleasant way. Man, I was mad at God cause he was telling me to do something, told me to deal with something and I did not want to do it. I was like, come on and then guess what? I did it and God had it all planned out already. He had everything lined up and it was better within months. It was so much better than even before when I thought I had it all planned out and I remember getting on my knews and saying, all right God, please remind me of this. Cause when you tell me something to do, I doing it, because man is He smart. Let's be surrendered, let's be submissive, and let's catch his vision. Yes, he has a vision for our life that we can't even imagine. So launch out into the deep.
Heads bowed, eyes closed. We are going to stand in just a moment. Have a time of invitation. And then we will have our communion time. Our communion time this evening is a little bit different and I want to try to look at that passage in First Corinthians 11, but let's stand together and we will pray in just a moment. What I would ask you, is God telling you to do something? Have you been resisting him? Are you surrendered to him? Are you submissive to God? Have you been bristling up against it? And some of that could just be somebody else. You just have aught against something. Then be submissive. Be humble. What about the scope? What about the vision? What does God have you to do? He wants you to reach out a little bit. He stretches us and you know what happens? Just like in that passage in Luke five we have all probably read it. You know, Peter said, hey, I'll let down my net and his net broke because God said, Christ actually said, put down your nets. Remember that? Because Christ knows better. He knows what is there. So let him bless us.