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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Unchained Challenge: Luke 5

Scripture: Luke 5:b (Peter to Jesus) “But because you say so, I will let down the nets for a catch.”

Observation: Jesus is always asking us to do odd things. He asks the disciples to feed a crowd of thousands with just a small amount of food. He commands us to love not only our friends, which is hard enough, but even our enemies. And in Luke 5 he asks seasoned fisherman who caught nothing all day and who are almost finished cleaning their nets to “put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” What could Jesus possibly know about fishing? At any rate, Peter’s response is commendable. He does the ridiculous, seemingly senseless thing Jesus asks him to do. He obeys Jesus’ odd command because Peter trusts him.

Application: Sometimes I am tempted to play life safe within the bounds of my own logic and convenience. What if Christ asks me to put out my fishing nets at a time and in a place that seems unlikely to yield fish? Ten years ago it seemed God was calling me to lead a church that was demoralized and stuck. There were other ministry opportunities that seemed to make more sense, but I knew God was calling me to this problem-infested but potential-filled church. “Because you say so” I went. That church, in time, became the kind of church I always dreamed of leading. And I almost missed it because it didn’t make sense for me to go there. I wonder of God is calling me to do something odd and unlikely today. If he does, will I muster the grace to respond with Peter “because you say so, I will.”?

Prayer: Lord, give me the grace to follow you wherever you lead and to do what you call me to do no matter how odd it may be. Forgive me for playing life safe and, too often, missing out on the boat-load of fish you have for me. Amen.


Anonymous said...

5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Jesus was healing so many, it is obvious that He had the power of the Lord. The Son of God, who had the authority to forgive sins, and the power to heal withdrew to pray.

I struggle with withdrawal, I am a person, who loves to be around people, and struggles with feelings of loneliness. This passage reminds me of how important it is to take that time to be alone with the Lord. If the Son of God needed that time, it just shows me how vital that is to me.

My prayer today is that the Lord would make me aware of moments where I need to withdraw. That He would give me the strength to do that, and allow me to be renewed in those moments.

Lenny Luchetti said...

Thanks "anonymous" for your challenge to withdraw to be with the one whose voice we most need to hear. Peace