Jul7TueJuly 7, 2020
Good morning fellow travelers,
Life is full of adventure. You never know what a day holds.You get up to your regular routine, go to your boring job, week after week, year after year, wondering if it will ever change. From priest to factory worker; from government official to secretary - we all do the same thing over and over again. We wonder if anything will ever change?
Then one day, in the middle of your boring day, at the end of a long grueling shift. It happens! God shows up! And life is never the same! That's what I see in Luke chapter 5. We encounter a group of fisherman who have been out working all night, and caught nothing. They are tired, and frustrated that their effort produced nothing. They had just returned and were cleaning their empty nets - technically, they were just finishing up their shift, getting ready to go home. Then God shows up!
"Hey guys, let's go fishing" - "but we've been out all night and caught nothing". See, at this moment is the decision time. A non-fisherman, a preacher on a circuit tour of the region (luke 4:44), is going to tell these fisherman how to fish. This is the moment where your boring turns into exciting; where your ordinary turns into extraordinary. What's it going to be? Excuses why you should not, or take a risk and see what happens. Peter had already seen Jesus heal his mother-in-law (Luke 4:38-39) as Jesus went about the area doing His thing. But now, at this moment, it becomes really personal. A decision needs to be made - watch Jesus work, or participate in His mission! There is a huge difference between spectator and participant. One sits on the side lines and does nothing, and the other actually gets in the game and makes things happen. One talks about the game, one lives it!
Peter's decision is ushered in by a submission to Jesus: "Master, if you say so". That's the key! Ok Jesus, you're here, I'll obey what you say! That decision changes Peter's life forever! Three men's lives were transformed that day, because Jesus showed up at their work (Luke 5:10). And they agreed to take a risk. Jesus will do it again with Levi - show up at his work and call him to follow Jesus into the extraordinary (Luke 5:27-29)
Friends, God is calling you! Will you allow Jesus to transform your work place. Will you let Him in to the mundane parts of your life, so He can make them extraordinary. Let's step off the side lines, and get into the game! Jesus is calling us to a great adventure! We don't have to all leave our jobs, we just have to make a decision to allow the "Master" in to our everyday life.
Read (Luke 4:38 - 5:32) and allow God to show you the extraordinary!
Have a great week!