And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But 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 and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:4-11 ESV
Early in His relationship with these two pairs of brothers who were also fishing partners, Jesus needed to establish a trust relationship for He would ask them to follow Him into an unknown (to them) future. Their sacrifice and cost would be great and He, knowing this, had to establish a platform of trust from which they would be willing to follow Him.
Note Peter’s response when instructed to put out into deeper water and let down their nets. He knew that daytime was not the time to fish. He knew that they had already tried and failed on their own. They had lots of previous experience and fishing was their expertise, so why do this futile exercise?
Peter says to Jesus, “But at your word I will let down the nets.” This was foundational in his relationship with Jesus – obedience to Jesus and not logic, experience or worldly wisdom was key. He trusted the word of Jesus, no doubt with some hesitancy, and was rewarded with an amazing haul of fish. Peter’s response was submission and a willingness to follow Christ and His leadership, even to the point of leaving his vocation.
Kingdom leaders lead from a platform of trust that we build between ourselves and those we lead. This trust is built over time as we ask others to trust our judgment and follow our lead.
Trust is earned, not given. It is built over time as we make deposits into our ‘trust bank account.’ But it can be quickly lost and the bank account emptied through untrustworthy behavior.
Major on building trust with those you lead and they will follow!