When Jesus asks to use “our” resources, He will provide in ways that seem miraculous. Truly, all that we have is His but He will test our hearts. When Peter agreed to give to Him what was needed in the moment (his boat- as a speaking platform set apart from the crowd so that all could hear the teaching), he was blessed by Jesus’ miracle (a catch of fish that would almost sink the boat).
When we witness His miracles, we too are ready to leave all and follow Jesus. Or are we?
I was encouraged by my son, Hans, who figured out a way to keep serving and using his gifts in the midst of closed venues (for live music). He offered an hour “live feed” concert including his caring presence. Thanks, Hans, for coming through loud and clear that we need to share a caring presence when isolation abounds. #HansAnderson #OrganicVibez
During a time when our lives seem vulnerable, we can still rest assured that God has asked of us something that is reasonable. To leave all and follow Him-represents our attachments to the “god” of this age. Whatever has come to steal, kill and destroy is part of that diabolical rule. At times it may be those things that steal our future ministry.
Who would have imagined that one small act of offering his boat would lead the apostle Peter into the greatest service of his life! We too should be ready to hear the request of our small gift. Then, get ready for a miracle that will change your life! – Teresa #compassionfromourSavior #leadusgently#forwearesheepineedofashepherd
Luke 5:5-11 (ESV)
5 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 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. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”[c] 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Luke 4:34 Or Leave us alone
Luke 4:44 Some manuscripts Galilee
Luke 5:10 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women