Sunday, October 5, 2014

Stepping Stones in the Christian Life

Read | Luke 5:1-11
God's simple requests are often stepping-stones to life's greatest blessings. When Simon Peter said yes to Jesus two small requests, his whole mission changed from fisherman to fisher of men.

An unproductive night's work no doubt left Peter weary. Yet he willingly brought Jesus on board and then pushed his boat out from shore so the Teacher's words would carry to the crowd. When the Lord finished speaking, He told the experienced fisherman to head out to deeper water. Peter knew the timing for a good catch was wrong, but he obeyed and was blessed with not one, but two boatloads of fish. 

Often God's blessings result from our compliance with seemingly insignificant requests. Though we prefer He ask us to perform great tasks that will impact large crowds, obedience in small matters is our proving ground. If we refuse His prompting to perform some minor action, what reason have we given Him to trust us with a more important responsibility?

Had Peter refused to lend Jesus his boat or to risk a midday fishing expedition, he'd have missed the immediate blessing of a big catch and perhaps also the even greater opportunity to be Jesus disciple. Walking with the Lord every day for three years, Peter witnessed miracles more spectacular than anything he saw that first day: A blind man received sight, Lazarus was restored to life, and at Jesus urging, Peter himself walked on water. The disciple's courageous step off the boat and onto a raging, stormy sea was the result of saying yes every time God had made a small request.

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