What’s the difference between a chicken and a pig? Well, in terms of what they each provide for breakfast, the chicken in involved while the pig is committed! Our pews may be full of involved Christians, some who have attended for years, but, like Simon, God confronts us to be committed to Him.
I. Luke 4:14-37. After Jesus’ baptism and time of temptation, He began His ministry and was gaining quite a reputation for Himself around Galilee. After Andrew introduced his brother to Jesus, the Savior said that Simon would be called Peter or ‘Rock’ (John 1:42). But, that would not become his name that day as Simon just stayed involved with Jesus through the healing of his mother-in-law and the use of his boat for Jesus to teach from while Simon washed his nets after working hard all night (but catching nothing) from his own strength (Luke 4:38 – 5:3). Like so many of us, he was content to have his ears tickled by this great man’s teaching without recognizing that it was the Creator in his craft.
II. Luke 5:4-11. Jesus then confronts Simon by asking him to put his nets out into deep water. Exhausted by his own limitations, Simon does not recognize what is possible for him through Jesus but does what Jesus asks. It is in verse 8 that this simple but involved fisherman crosses over into being committed. Never so tall as when he’s on his knees, never so much the solid ‘rock’ as when he is weakest, Simon recognizes his sinfulness in the presence of God in the flesh and is called ‘Peter’ here first. Verse 11 demonstrates that committment as he and his partners “left everything and followed” Jesus.
III. Romans 4:1-5. Even though Jesus could have pointed to His power as reason enough for Peter to follow Him, He instead pointed out what Peter could do through Him. The fisherman could become a fisher of men. If we were Peters instead of Simons, what could we do for Jesus as Jesus can do all things through us (John 14:12-14)? To do that, we must be committed to God (Mark 8:34-35).
Are you a chicken or a pig? Are you involved or committed? Are you trying to serve God by your own strength or are you serving Him through His? Are you still Simon or have you become Peter?