Daily Devotion - January 19, 2021 - But Jesus...

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – January 19, 2021
Reading: Luke 5:1-11
Weekly Theme: A Call to Ministry
Today: “But Jesus...”

The call by Jesus is to all Christians and is a call for us to minister to others. God has gifted each one of us in some way(s) and we are to use those gifts to serve God and others. Hearing and responding to Jesus’s call on our lives is part of being a Christian. You and I may not always respond to how God is calling us to be in ministry, but we are all called. Sometimes we do not listen to the voice of God when we are called. We might ignore it and believe God will quit calling us. Sometimes we even acknowledge the call of God but make excuses for not following.

In today’s reading from Luke, we learn more details about the call of Simon Peter. In other Gospel accounts, it seems as if Jesus called and Peter followed, but in today’s passage, it gives us more insight. Jesus gets into one of two boats on the shore and asks Peter to push him out a little ways into the water so that he might preach to the people. After he has finished preaching, he tells Peter to take the boat further into deeper water and let down the nets. Peter is really tired and ready to go home because he has fished all night and caught nothing. Can’t you just hear Peter as he responds to Jesus, “But Jesus, I have already been fishing all night and didn’t catch anything”? Does this sound familiar? Don’t we also make excuses for not doing the work of Jesus? “But Jesus, I have worked all week. I don’t need to go to church, or I don’t need to attend small group, or I don’t need to do my devotion and Bible reading, or I don’t need to work at the soup kitchen...” We justify our lack of response as the Holy Spirit nudges us to do the work that Jesus has called us to do.

Despite Peter's "but Jesus" moment he does do as Jesus asks him to do and takes the boat out into deep water and puts down the nets.  When Peter and the other fishermen pulled those fish in and saw the way Jesus blessed them and Peter other fishermen with so many fish that their nets broke and their boat sank, he was deeply convicted of his sins and asked the Lord to forgive him for his doubt and unbelief. Do you and I need to seek forgiveness because of our not responding to the way Jesus calls us or our lack of trust that he will equip and empower us to do whatever he calls us to do? Responding to Jesus’s call on our lives is not just about obedience nor about our own personal benefit. Jesus calls us, equips and empowers us to do the work of the church. Jesus tells Peter and the others that he is going to make them fishers of people. Jesus calls Peter out of doubt and fear and into a trusting relationship so that Peter might be a blessing to others as he testifies and witnesses about the wondrous things Jesus has done his life.

Jesus calls, equips, empowers, and blesses us so that we might go forth and testify to others about the goodness of Jesus and in so doing introduce others to Jesus Christ. May we open ourselves to listen and hear as Jesus calls us and respond with “Yes, Jesus” instead of “But Jesus...”

Dear God Almighty Lord Jesus Holy Spirit, thank you for the way we are called into ministry by You. We confess that we do not always respond with affirmation and we often look for excuses not to say “yes” to your call. Open our hearts and minds to hear you as you tell us to “go out further” and “let down our nets”. Help us to keep our whole selves open to opportunities to be fishers of people for the transformation of the world. In Your name we pray. Amen.

 
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