Leaving Everything Behind
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 12-14; Luke 5
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 5:1-11
In today’s key passage, we see Jesus teaching people the Word of God near the Lake of Gennesaret. Since Jesus obviously did not have a microphone or bullhorn available, He decided to use the water on the lake as a natural amplifier, and asked Simon (Peter) to put out a little from shore. This ingenuity would better allow people to hear the message of Jesus, and illustrates that often Jesus will use whatever tools He has at His disposal to help us hear Him more clearly. When He finished speaking, he asked Peter to lower the nets for a catch. Now, Jesus was a carpenter by trade, yet He was telling the fishermen that they should lower their nets. Peter could have easily dismissed Jesus, but instead he agreed to put down the nets. In this moment, Peter demonstrated a tremendous amount of faith and trust in Jesus. This faith and trust is rewarded when the nets are filled with fish to the point of breaking. Peter’s response to this miraculous catch is an interesting one, as he “fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (5:8) Peter’s first reaction to this miracle was that he immediately realized his own insignificance and sinfulness in the presence of Jesus. In the end, Peter, James, and John left everything they had – their boats, their nets, and their livelihood – and decided to follow Jesus.
I love this story because it teaches us so much. See, God does not really ask us for a lot. He is willing to meet us right where we are and is able to help us with all of the things that we care about most. In return, He really only has two requirements of us that we must do in order to come to Him. First, like Peter, we must recognize our own insignificance in comparison with Him and our own sinfulness. We must understand that we are inherently broken and sinful and that without Him we have no hope. Second, we must realize that we need a Savior. We must accept the fact that only Jesus can save us. We must understand that He is the way, the truth, and the life. When we do those two things, we too will be prepared to leave everything behind and follow Him. Like Peter, James, and John we can forget about everything from our pasts – we can leave it all behind – and we can live our lives walking with Jesus.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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