There is an interesting story in Luke 5:1-11. Peter & Co had toiled all night fishing, caught nothing, and were washing their nets ready to head home empty and disappointed. After teaching the people from Peter’s boat, Jesus instructed Peter to launch the nets into the deep; which was contrary to conventional fishing practice since it was already daytime, and the fishes were gone into hiding. Nevertheless Peter obeyed, and caught so much fish the nets began to break, and he had to call for help. I’d like to draw your attention to Peter’s response to this extraordinary success story.
First, he shared with others. Remember they now had two boats full of fishes. Can you imagine that on getting home, they emptied both boats into Peter’s cold room and said to the helpers: “Thanks for your help, have a good day. Bye.” No doubt, the helpers went home with a good chunk of fish too. The lesson? God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.
God said to Abraham,“I will bless you, and you will be a blessing” Gen 12:2.
Also, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” John 3:27., and
“What do you have that you did not receive?” I Cor. 4:7.
What we selfishly keep, we ultimately lose; what we generously share, we confidently keep.
Secondly, the success humbled Peter. He did not boast of the large catch. Instead, he fell at Jesus feet saying: “Go away from me, Lord: for I am a sinful man.” Luke. 5:8. When success humbles you, failure won’t crush you. However if success makes you proud, failure will discourage you with the potential to destroy you.
More Christian workers and ministers have been ruined by success than by failure. Where there is godly character, success brings humility. Have you noticed that one of the signature marks of truly great men of God is humility in the face of success?
How should you also respond to success? Share it and be humbled by it.