1 Week Bible Immersion Experience – Final Day!!
Luke 4:42-44 and 5:1-11: At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Jesus His amazing ministry now in full swing takes a break. ‘Solitary place’ in the greek literally means a place where no one goes.. so this is no accident, Jesus found a place where He knew He could be alone. This became a bit of a pattern in His ministry where Jesus would take time out to pray and rest, just spending time in His Father’s presence. I am one driven, busy guy. I start early, finish late and basically every moment of my day is planned. This has to be the case as I have so many responsibilities. And I love this! I love being busy! But taking breaks isn’t a natural decision for me so I find Jesus’ example really challenging. Today is the last day of work before I head off for a two week holiday. And already I can see that my holiday could well be full and busy, and so I am challenged. It has been a really busy time and I need to rest, to find that solitary place and spend time resting in the presence of God. Sounds good!
Then Jesus begins the process of recruiting the disciples, starting with Simon. He gets on their boat and performs a miracle: catching plenty of fish where Simon and his team had caught none. And this miracle is hugely significant to me. Here they were doing what they do every day and Jesus displays that if they rely on Him, there return will be amazing!! They can work through their own strength and get some return, but in relying on Jesus there effectiveness increases massively. So as I set about doing what I do each day, Lord Jesus I turn to you, I rely on you – send your Holy Spirit to guide me!
And then finally, Jesus calls them, and on the spot they drop their jobs and follow him. In seeking after Jesus I must be prepared to drop what I am doing, and perhaps take a completely different direction in life. So though I might carefully plan my life, I have to be open to God’s plan, where I too might just have to pull my boat up on shore leave everything and follow him! How exciting is that! Wow!
How is this scripture speaking to you?
Well that ends the 1 Week Bible Immersion Experience! How did you find it? Should we continue it? I would love to read your thoughts!!
Also over the next two weeks I will be taking a break from the computer so this blog will be quite for a couple of weeks but I will be back!! You are in my prayers.
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