Archive for July 5th, 2017

Luke 5

Luke 5 has Jesus in the midst of people, right where they lived and worked.  The chapter begins with His teaching from a boat owned by Simon Peter, after which, he asks them to go out into the deeper water and drop down their net.  Peter replies “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing”!  Based on the facts, this seems like a futile effort.  They were tired as they had worked through the night to attempt to catch some fish, but Jesus ignores those facts and asks Peter to go out and give it another try.  Peter was a seasoned fisherman, who had his doubts.

He does what Jesus asks though. “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”. Jesus didn’t just give them some fish in their nets.  It was an overwhelming catch.  So much so, that they had to ask for help from their partners.  When Jesus moves in our lives, it often isn’t just for our own benefit but is for the world around us to see too. “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”.  The harvest was enough to fill both boats to the point of sinking.  Abundance because they obeyed His command.  That’s the reality of being a Christ Follower and walking in His ways.  Jesus made that clear in John 10:10 when He told us He came to give us life in abundance.

But as you might expect.  This wasn’t really about the fish.  “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”.  Jesus had got the attention of four fishermen who became the first of the Twelve that would follow Him and make up the ministry.  Jesus continues touching people by healing a leper.  After the leprosy is cleared, Jesus instructs him to “go and show” the change to the priests.  That’s how we need to live as Christ Followers – to let our lives shine with the power and impact of Jesus to all those in our patch.  Our personal testimony is the most powerful tool we have to show others the power of Jesus.

There is quite a buzz about the things Jesus is doing.  You’d think He might set up shop and take advantage of all the interest.  “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray”.  Jesus managed the tension between the need to be where the people were that needed Him, and His need and desire to be with His Father whom He needed.  Being a Christ Follower isn’t always about activity and ministry to others.  We also have to make time and take time to be with Christ so we can stay connected and grounded.  Being a Christ Follower isn’t about us – it’s about Jesus and walking with Him in a moment by moment and day by day relationship.  That means we have to spend time with Him and not always be doing in the midst of chaos.  It’s about ‘being’ first.  We have to be with Him in order to ‘be’ like Him!  How are you doing spending time alone with Him?

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