What would you do if Jesus told you to do
something which didn't seem to make much sense to you at the time? In Luke
chapter 5, Jesus instructed Simon Peter to "Put
out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch,"
even though the fishermen had worked hard all night without catching anything.
If you had been one of those fishermen, how would you have responded to
Jesus' instructions? Would you have done exactly as he said without hesitation?
Would you have done as he said only after questioning him and finding out
why he said to do it? Would you have done whatever the other fishermen
thought best? Or would you have ignored his instructions altogether?
You have probably had every one of those
responses to Jesus' instructions at one time or another. But there is only
one correct response to Jesus' instructionsyou should follow them wholeheartedly,
without hesitation, just because he says so. That's what Peter's wise response
was. When Jesus told him to go fishing again, Simon Peter replied, "Master,
we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you
say so, I will let down the nets."
Did you catch the reason Peter decided to fish more? Because Jesus said
so. You see, Peter needed no other reason, and neither do you. You can
read the rest of that passage of scripture to see how Peter's obedience
was rewarded in a miraculous way. But for now, keep your focus on the unfaltering
obedience Peter displayed just because Jesus said so.
Do you strive to be that obedient to what
Jesus tells you to do? Take a look at just some of the things Jesus has
instructed. Ask yourself if your immediate response to Jesus is, "Yes,
Lord, I'll obey just because You said so."
Wow! That's some 'food for thought," isn't
it? And there are many, many more instructions in God's Word. The real
issue is what your response is. Is it, "I don't care what you say, Lord,"
or "I'll obey, Lord, because You say so"?
. . . 'Love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' Matthew
. . . 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
. . . in everything, do to others what
you would have them do to you . . . Matthew
. . . Love your enemies, do good to
those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat
My command is this: Love each other
as I have loved you. John
If your brother sins against you, go
and show him his fault, just between the two of you . . .
. . . be at peace with each other. Mark
Be merciful, just as your Father is
Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be
. . . Do not swear at all . . . Simply
let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No' . . . Matthew
5:34, 37 (NIV)
. . . do not worry about your life .
. . Matthew
. . . what God has joined together let
man not separate. Matthew
. . . do not call anyone on earth 'father,'
for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Matthew
Therefore keep watch, because you do
not know on what day your Lord will come. Matthew
. . . when you give a banquet, invite
the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Luke
Give, and it will be given to you
. . .
. . . let your light shine before men
. . . Matthew
Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness'
before men, to be seen by them . . . Matthew
Therefore go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded
you . . . Matthew
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