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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, June 22, 2015
Simon Peter was awestruck at this miracle, and his first response was to feel his own insignificance in comparison to this man’s greatness. Peter knew that Jesus had healed the sick and driven out demons, but he was amazed that Jesus cared about his day-to-day routine and understood his needs. God is interested not only in saving us but also in helping us in our daily activities. (NLT)
Luke 5:1-11 – One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets, and you will catch many fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, we’ll try again.” And this time their nets were so full they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
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.” For he was awestruck by the size of their catch, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
The Lord declares, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
Lisa Stackpole (Wisconsin) titled her story “WITH ALL YOUR HEART;” here is a portion of Lisa’s story:
“For years I taught history. When the end of the semester approached, I would offer students the opportunity to improve their grade by doing an additional assignment. . .
“Halfhearted efforts achieve halfhearted results. . . Through Jeremiah the Lord promises, ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ I believe God is warning us that this tendency to put forth less than our full effort may spill over into our spiritual lives.
“Luke tells us about Jesus’ early encounter with Simon, James, and John on the lakeshore. . . When they obeyed, not only did they have a net-breaking catch of fish, but three men left everything and followed Christ. That is living wholeheartedly! To be truly used and blessed by God, we must be willing to do the same.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Am I living wholeheartedly for Christ?
Prayer: Guide of humanity, help us to boldly follow you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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