“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a 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 inclosed 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.”
– Luke 5:4-7
There are moments in each and every one of our lives that are thought to be catalyst moments. A catalyst is an agent of significant change. A catalyst moment is one in which you are provoked with doing a certain thing, and as a result of doing said thing a significant change or redirection of path occurs. That is what we see happening above with Simon Peter. Peter was a fisherman and we could even insinuate that he was a business owner, seeing that he owned his own ship. Peter and his business partners had spent the entire day attempting to catch fish, but to no avail. In comes Jesus with a request to use his vessel, and as a way of thanking him or rewarding him for his obedience, Jesus tells him to launch out into the deep and let down his net. In addition, Jesus told him to get ready for a draught (large quantity). Peter says we have worked hard and long all day and caught nothing, yet at your word will I do it. We know what happened next. He caught an extremely large load, but what Peter did next is what I want to focus on. He didn’t try to bring it in by himself; instead, he called for his partners to assist him and share in the increase. In other words, Peter realized that the load was bigger than himself. Can I ask you a question? Is the thing that you are asking and seeking God for bigger than you, or simply all about you?
You may be wondering what does that question have to do with anything, and I’m glad that you are. The aforementioned question is vital to the promises of God coming to past in your life. A lot of times, we as believers get so caught up into this world’s perspective when it comes to ascertaining whether or not this thing or that thing is for us alone. Need clarification? We see the big, nice, and expensive homes and desire them for ourselves, but we have no intention on using the home as a vessel by which someone else can be blessed. We see the big, nice, and expensive cars and desire them for ourselves, but we have not intention on using the car as a vessel by which someone else can be blessed. We see the elegant, sophisticated, and expensive clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, etc and desire them all for ourselves, but we have no intention on using any of those items as a vessel by which someone else can be blessed. Make it plain doc! I think I will: We see all of this, that, and the other that we would like to have for ourselves and the thought stops there. It’s only about ourselves. We have people who have or wants to have mansions, but will not open the doors of said mansion to a family member or friend in need. We have people who have or want to have the nice and expensive car, but they will not give their fellow church member (who rides the bus) a ride to church. For that matter, we have people who have or want to have multiple cars (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10), but they will not donate one to a family who is down, hard-pressed, perplexed, and distressed. We have people who have or want to have a closet full of everything, but will not give a sock to a person in need. We say things like, “They can work just like I work. They can save just like I saved. They can believe God just like I did, and have the things that I have.”
Can I make my first suggestion to you? God didn’t give you what you have so that you could hoard it all to yourself. For those of you still desiring it and wondering why it’s taking so long, allow me to make my second suggestion: It’s because of your mindset. You don’t have the right intentions to provoke God or cause God to want to give it to you. You don’t have the correct attitude of gratitude which allows God to release the overflow of blessings into your life. We don’t want stuff so that people can see God; instead, we want stuff so that people can see us. I know it hurts, but it had to be said. However, can I give you the first shout cue? God is not interested in furthering your agenda, rather He is interested in you furthering His agenda. Okay, that didn’t make them shout Jesus, so help me break it down for them. Jesus was teaching in Mark 8 in the last verses saying whoever wants to save his life shall lose it, and if it be for my (Jesus’) sake and the gospel he shall save it. However, it’s the next verse that sheds light on my shout cue. He continued on and said, “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world but lose his soul (verse 36).” What was he saying?
Jesus was saying anyone that is willing to give of themselves or to lose themselves for his or the gospel’s sake, that same person will in actuality save himself. Yes, he was mainly speaking in regards to eternity; however, think for a moment if you will. How many of us are here because somebody gave of themselves? How many of us have what we have, because somebody was willing to take a chance? How many of us can honestly saying that if it had no been for the lord who was on our side, we don’t know where we would be? Can I give you another shout cue? He’s not on your side because he is God’s Son. He’s on your side because he was willing to give up his heavenly throne, come down and come into his own, lay life down and take it up and reclaim his throne, so that you and I can say that we never have to be alone. You and I claim to want to be like him, but are not willing to give a quarter to a person in need. Let me tell you, if you are not willing to give of yourself in order to further the kingdom efforts and agenda, then you my friend have lost your soul. You have lost your character. You have lost your compassion for others. You have lost your inner being that is responsible for allowing you to sympathize and empathize with others. You have lost your ability to see value in anyone other than yourself. Furthermore, you have lost your way.
It’s not too late. As a matter of fact, I believe if you are reading this article and feel that this may be about you, then God has placed you here for a reason. I believe this is your catalyst moment. In order for your life to encounter a catalyst moment, you have gots to be willing to give it (your life) over to God. You’ve gots to be willing to do things His way, follow His plan, and ultimately live life according to His guidelines. Why? Earlier we said that a catalyst is an agent of significant change, and a catalyst moment has the ability to redirect the path of your life. That means you have gots to be willing to let go of the old and take on the new. In other words, you’ve got to be willing to put down your selfish way of living and take up his way of living. It all starts with realizing that your life is not for you alone, but it is also to impact others. In other words, you’ve got to come to the realization that It’s Bigger Than You! What do I mean? You’ve got to begin to understand that everything that God gives to you is not simply just for you to enjoy. God’s blessings are not only sent to you, but they are also meant to get through you and to someone else. Still need a little more clarity? Come here Saul, I mean Apostle Paul.
Saul was the man whose job in life was to persecute Christians or believers in Jesus Christ. One day on his way to do his job, he had an encounter (catalyst moment) with Jesus and immediately was converted. After his conversion, he received a name change to Paul. Paul made it his life’s mission to spread the same transformational power throughout the world and to all God brought him into contact with. What happened? Saul encountered a catalyst moment and it completely changed the entire course of his life. Not only that, but he came to the realization that his transformation was not just for him alone, but it was for others also. In other words, he saw that It’s Bigger Than Me. Need another? Come here David. Not David the harp player, rather I want David the Giant Slayer. Aren’t these people the same? Yes they are, but the latter is where I want to focus. David was delivering lunch to his brothers and came into his catalyst moment when he heard what Goliath was saying about his God. At that moment, David decided within himself that somebody has to do something and since nobody else is willing it must be me. It was at that moment that David realized the fight that he was about to fight was not about him, rather he saw It’s Bigger Than Me! David went to battle for the gospel’s sake, got the victory, and his life changed as a result thereof. I might as well finish how I started. Peter encountered his catalyst moment, watch this, not when he launched out into the deep. His moment was when Jesus changed his identity from being as fisher of fish to a fisher of men. Peter’s acceptance changed the course of his life for ever, and he realized all over again It’s Bigger Than Me.
Can I close out now? I think I can. Shout It’s Bigger! Everything that God does is for one reason and one reason only. What’s that reason? Shout It’s Bigger! It’s not about you and you getting your shine on or being able to stunt on others. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s not so that you can say you got this and you got that. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s not so that you can stand tall with your head held high while looking down on others. Shout It’s Bigger! God’s reason for blessing you is first so that you know He Is that He Is. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s also so that you know that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek him. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s so that you know that He is a heart minder, a promise keeper, a soul fixer, a mind regulator, and a heavy load bearer. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s so that you know that He is a lily in the valley, a bright morning star, the Rose of Sharon, and He’s the Great I Am. What am I saying? It’s so that you are so familiar with him to the point of you sharing with others who He is. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s so that others will come to know him as Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Mekoddishkim, Jehovah Shaboath, and Jehovah Shammah. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s not about your car note being paid, your house note being paid, your bills being paid, or your outer appearance being slayed. Shout It’s Bigger! It’s about furthering his kingdom and establishing his report in all the earth that He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, and most of all that He is God all by Himself. Shout It’s Bigger!
Once we are able to get past to pretense of everything being about us, then (and only then) can we truly begin to experience the overflow of what God has in stored for us. I firmly believe that God is not looking nor is He interested in our selfishness as a means of discovering who He is. Rather, He is looking for those who are not only willing to share him with others, but are willing to be put on display as representation and proof that He is who He say He is. When you are able to embrace this mindset, then you are ready to encounter your catalyst moment. However, it will only happen when you realize that your life and everything associated with it is not yours alone, and you embrace the mindset that It’s Bigger Than Me! Be blessed and stay encouraged!