Scripture

Luke 5:8 –11 – But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid: from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

Observation

Peter, after witnessing the physical miracle of the catch of fish, realizes who Jesus is and that he is a sinner.  Jesus responds by comforting Peter and telling him not to be afraid of his sin, that Jesus will make them fishers of men. When they got to shore they followed Jesus!

Application

This is the perfect representation of the Gospel that I need to remember, submit to and live out each and every day.  I have to know that I am a sinner dead in my sin separated from God with nothing I can do on my own.  I have to realize my only hope is in the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross for my sins and his resurrection to overcome death.  My response is to place my complete faith and trust in his name as my Lord and Savior to follow him.  By following Jesus, I must live to point others to Him giving the glory to God.

 

 

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for the truth in your word and using a fisherman like Peter to lead the Church.  Let the Spirit  move me to trust you completely, follow you faithfully, love you and others to honor you.