Let us examine another account in Jesus’ ministry of more than enough. One day as Jesus was teaching from a fishing boat, He wanted to make a practical example for everyone to understand. We find the story told by Luke in his gospel.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink (Luke 5:4-8).
Fishing was the disciples’ job. It was how they earned their living. They were not out fishing all night long for a Bible lesson. No, they needed money for their daily provision.
Jesus more than met their financial need. If the fish catch of that day was so big that the nets began to break, and it was so big that it overfilled both boats to the point of sinking, it was definitely more than what they were expecting. Traditionally, most of us have only looked at the later verse where Jesus said the disciples would become fishers of men as the significant spiritual truth taught here. While it is absolutely true that Jesus was teaching this, we cannot overlook the fact that Jesus provided more than enough money for the disciples’ paycheck that week. He taught and modeled more than enough.