Launch Out

Many Christian leaders may easily say ‘Do it again, Lord’, but don’t they mean ‘as long as it’s not in the same areas of ministry that we have tried already?’ Perhaps we could all learn from Peter’s response to Jesus, as told in our Scripture today: ‘but if You say so, Lord, I will move on out to the same grounds where we toiled just recently without any gain’. Let’s carefully look at the response by Peter when he realized that Jesus was right, after all.

DATE POSTED Thursday, 2022-11-17
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 5:4-6; 8;
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.” 5-6 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity…..
Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.”

APPLICATION: It’s been said that stupidity is explained when you do something day after day and always in the same manner, but suddenly you expect different results! Do you suppose that described the fishing habits of Peter. Perhaps, because fishermen tend to give up when they go to their same spot where they’ve always caught fish and find none on a particular day. But does that not describe most churches today? They have certain days that the church doors will open, they have teachers and/or preachers aligned to teach/preach the Gospel to those who show up, and the leadership leaves, feeling quite content that their job is done. What if Jesus showed up one day and did something like He did with Peter? Imagine the pastor and leadership being told to go out into the deepest parts of the community and preach the same sermon, singing the same songs. Can’t you hear it now, ‘but Jesus, we just did this a few hours ago to the cream of the crop from our community in the comfort of our super comfortable sanctuary. We didn’t see any visible decisions made, but we believe the sermon was well received’! But we know the church should also do like Peter and respond, even at the end of their whining, ‘but we will obey our Master and do as You say’! Do we normally listen to others when told to do something differently? There is no evidence that Peter felt like based on his faithfulness to the little works of the Kingdom, finally his time had come, in the huge catch that resulted from God’s command to now launch out into the deep. In fact, Peter simply fell at Jesus’ knees in utter humility. My dear Brothers and Sisters, I believe that the Lord is still looking for people, organizations, and churches He can bless who will, like Peter, say, “We don’t deserve this.” You see, grace is the key to ministry, the key to prosperity, the key to victory in the church corporately and in our lives personally. The highest form of worship is when we’re just amazed by how good God is to sinners like us.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus opened the eyes of a man who needed revival in his spirit. Praise God that Jeus didn’t look for the most dedicated priest, or the promising, upcoming scholar of religion, but a fisherman who simply tried to provide for his family. May He do it again for my readers and listeners as you are reminded of His awesome grace.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for accepting all who seek You with all their will and being. Like Peter, we are amazed by Your goodness to even us humble, poor believers in Your precious Son. Please help us to never feel like we are beyond Your love and Your grace. Because we believed in Jesus, we are now anxiously awaiting to be in Your presence one day soon – Your grace is truly amazing. Lord, I ask that You please touch the heart of every person that will stop to read or listen to this devotional. Draw them to Yourself, for Your glory and for Your complete work in their lives. May the unsaved catch a glimpse of this and also have a growing desire to accept Your grace, realize the purpose of Jesus in their salvation and accept Him as Lord of their lives. AMEN!

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