Good morning and welcome to the “in between days” of this festive season.
We have recently celebrated God meeting us as a human race in our desperate need by coming as a perfect man and being born as a tiny baby to grow, live and then lay down His life for us.
It is easy during this time of celebration to forget the challenge that this gives us, particularly as Christians.
Luke 5 v 10 and 11 says “… and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”
Jesus takes the opportunity of this miracle to call His disciples into a teacher/student relationship with Him. He figuratively catches Peter in His net before commanding him to “catch men” for the Kingdom of God. Immediately, Peter, Andrew, James, and John leave their boats and nets behind and follow Him. They now understand that Jesus is more than capable of supplying their every need.
Once we accept that Jesus, born in Bethlehem, is in fact God, Emmanuel, and have accepted Him as Saviour and Lord in our lives we are to apply this lesson in our own lives as well. When Christ speaks, as I experience he does personally, as do millions of others across the world, it is always about obedience to God’s way of life. In this case, His teaching affected the disciples’ livelihoods. Worship and work form major parts of my life, too, and in both I must consistently maintain righteousness.
Had Peter failed to obey Christ’s command, he would have failed to experience both the miracle and the resulting blessing. No one serves God without being compensated for his service. When we serve, sacrifice, testify, or stand for Jesus, He will suitably reward our efforts. I can testify to this over and over again. The reward is not normally material but far far better I find. When God asks us to invest our time, effort, talent, or anything else, we must not resent the opportunity – even at work, all be it at work is often the more challenging location!. No one pays dividends on an investment as wonderfully as God does – Luke tells us in chapter 6 that “good measure, pressed down, and running over will be put into your bosom”.
So as we begin to trundle our way back to work, can I encourage you to, with me, remember what this little baby, son of Mary, Son of God, really means in your every day life?
Enjoy the closing days of 2016 and may I wish you every blessing and a happy new year.