Jesus has become a popular speaker. Some were there to learn from his words, some were there for healing, some were probably there just to see what would happen. The crowd was pressing against him, jostling for a closer position. In order to be heard by all, and possibly to get a little elbow room and rest his legs, Jesus climbs into Simon's boat. (We know that Jesus knew Simon from the previous chapter when he went to Simon's house and healed his mother-in-law as well as when Simon's brother Andrew, a follower of John the Baptist, introduced him to Jesus.)
Simon gladly stopped his work to assist Jesus, even though he had worked through the night as most fishermen did. When Jesus finishes speaking, Simon must have been shocked at the command to try to fish again. This was not the best time of day to catch fish, and Simon was likely worn out and frustrated from a night with no catch. Nevertheless, he follows Jesus' words and lets down his nets. Imagine his surprise when he not only catches fish, but his nets begin to break from the weight. Even with the vessel of their partners they can barely hold the weight of the fish without sinking. The four well seasoned fishermen are shocked.
Simon is humbled and afraid, realizing how miraculous the events are that have just taken place. This has to be the biggest catch they have ever made and obviously the most money they have taken in from one fishing trip. Simon instantly realizes he is in the presence of the divine, falls to his knees, and confesses his sinfulness. And when Jesus calls Simon to be his disciple, all four men leave their boats, nets, and the fish behind to follow Jesus.
Why not at least sell the fish first to provide for their families or feed the poor? What was the point if they weren't going to do anything with the catch?
Because God values obedience more than success.
These four men did not become caught up in worldly values of money and accomplishment; they saw the Savior and followed his voice. "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams" (1 Samuel 15:22). When the call of God is clear to you, be ready to drop everything and follow him.
We will abandon it all, for the sake of the call.
Wholly devoted, to live and to die, for the sake of the call.
Not for the sake of a creed or a cause
Not for a dream or a promise
Simply because it is Jesus who calls
And if we believe we'll obey
Steven Curtis Chapman - For The Sake of The Call from christsdem on GodTube.