Summary: Peter, James and John catch the biggest haul of fish they'd ever known... and then they just left their nets and boat to follow Jesus. Why would they do that?
OPEN: Albert Einstein was taking a train to an out of town engagement. The conductor stopped by to punch his ticket, but the scientist – preoccupied with his work, explained that he couldn't find his ticket. He couldn’t find it in his coat pockets, in his briefcase, anywhere!!
The conductor finally said, “We all know who you are, Dr. Einstein. I'm sure you bought ticket. Don't worry about it.”
As the conductor moved along, he looked back to see Einstein on his hands and knees he was searching under the seats for his ticket.
The conductor walked back, "Dr. Einstein, please, don't worry about it. I know who you are."
Exasperated, Einstein looked up and said, “I, too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.”
Our question for this morning is this:
Do you know WHERE you are going?
Do you have a goal in life?
Now most people have a goal of some kind in their lives
When they’re kids – the goal is to grow up, just have a good time, get through school, get a car, and maybe even go to college
When they become adults – the goal is to get a job, get married, get a house, have kids, save for retirement.
And when they get old the goal is to have enough to retire, see their grandkids, maybe travel and perhaps plan for their funeral.
But a lot of people do all that – they make all those kinds of plans for their lives - and then end up asking themselves:
“Is this all there is?
Is this all there is to live for?”
ILLUS: Charles Duke was one of only 12 men who have left footprints on the moon. As an Astronaut he was the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 16 Mission and now lives in Texas. He said:
“After walking on the moon, I was bored. Fame, fortune, a spot in the history books: I had it all. But if you had been a fly on the wall in my home, you would have seen that I wasn’t so hot. I was failing miserably as a husband and father. My business succeeded, and the money rolled in, but I was bored.”
This was a man who left footprints on the moon.
This was a man who had done something with his life.
And he continued to do so with a successful and lucrative business.
But he didn’t feel he was “going anywhere”
It seemed like his life had NO meaning!!
In my files I’ve got testimonies from celebrities and sports figures and people of prominence - people you’d THINK had it all - but deep inside they told of an emptiness. And a common question they all seemed to ask was:
“Is This All There Is?”
As I was reading our text for this morning, I began to wonder if that wasn’t what was happening with Peter, James and John.
Luke tells us that “the crowd was pressing in on (Jesus) to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee) and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.” Luke 5:1-3