Learn the lesson from the old fisherman who became a fisher of men: the flesh profits nothing; … he who abides in Christ, he bears much fruit, for apart from Christ you can do nothing.
When Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing,’ he had received no call from God to do so. His action illustrates self-will. Second, we are shown the barrenness of such efforts (John 21:3-5). They toiled all night, but caught nothing, and when the Lord asked if they had any meat, they had to answer, No. Third, the Lord now directs their energies, telling them where to work (John 21:6): the result was that the net was filled with fishes.