Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26, Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:18-22, Matthew 9:14-17, Luke 5:33-39
Do you ever wonder how you will react when you stand in the presence of Jesus?
I love that chorus in Mercy Me’s song, “I can only imagine.”Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel Will I dance for you Jesus or in honour of you be still Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all I can only imagine
I’m sure Peter’s unusual reaction to the realization that He was in the presence of God in Luke 5 was probably different than he had imagined:
It wasn’t long after Peter had been called by Jesus to be His disciple that they were on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had just finished speaking and he told Peter (at this time his name was Simon) to go out where it was deeper and catch some fish.
Peter, an experienced fisherman who knew the best fishing was done at night, told Jesus that they had already fished all night and not caught a thing, but because Jesus said so, he went out and let the nets down again. They caught so many fish that two boats were filled to overflowing.
(Luke 5:1-7, my paraphrase)
When Jesus told Peter to go fishing again he was probably thinking, “Jesus is a carpenter, He knows nothing about fishing—I’m the expert here.” But in one moment Peter’s attitude went from extreme self-confidence and pride (Luke 5:5) to deep humiliation.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” Luke 5:8 (Emphasis mine)
Just like Peter we are all sinners. Yes, because Jesus’ came to earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, we can accept Him as our Lord and Savior and be saved from the consequences of our sins. But as long as we’re on this earth we will have to deal with our sinful nature that shows up most often as pride.
How can we keep our prideful hearts in check?
By daily turning our focus to Jesus instead of ourselves.
Peter in our example—when he kept his eyes on who Jesus was, his pride was in check, but when he focused on who he was, he made some big mistakes.
What are some ways we can make Jesus our focus instead of ourselves?
- Allow Him to get in our business (He may tell us to do something differently than we’ve ever done it—Luke 5:4)
- Be obedient to His Word (Luke 5:5)
- Spend some time on our knees (Luke 5:8)
- Confess our sins to Him (Luke 5:8)
- Learn about his miracles (Luke 5:9)
- Look for the lesson in each experience (Luke 5:10)
I’m sure Peter didn’t really want Jesus to leave him, but he realized that in his sinful state he wasn’t worthy to be in His presence. I’m so thankful for the price Jesus paid, now we can say “don’t leave me Jesus; I’m too much of a sinner without You!”
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to rescue us. Help us to keep You as our focus. When we’re operating in our own pride and self-confidence turn our face toward You, Lord. Forgive us when we fail. Help us to grow through every experience. Use us for the Glory of Your Kingdom.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 5:1-47, Mark 2:23-28, Matthew 12:1-8, Luke 6:1-5, Mark 3:1-6, Matthew 12:9-14, Luke 6:6-11,Matthew 12:15-21