If you were confronted by the love of Jesus and were blessed by his goodness right where you are, what would your response be to him? In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 5 we learn how Simon Peter responded after seeing what Jesus did for him. "When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners." When we become confronted with such amazing grace and unconditional love, we naturally try to "justify it" as if we "deserve" or did something in our own power to merit it! Simon Peter immediately knew that his sin stained life didn't deserve anything good from God, and probably thought Jesus was making a mistake-as in "'wasn't aware of his reputation or lifestyle. Otherwise He wouldn't be approaching him! I think we all have a tendency to expect the worst, not the best when we are in a bad place spiritually. I know I was always waiting for the other shoe to fall! Yet Jesus in his divine mercy knew who he was talking to and rather than bring condemnation and judgment to Simon Peter he blessed him and saw his heart. This kind of grace and love was so shocking that it must of scared Simon Peter. "Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. It is an encouragement for all of us... No matter your current situation. Tonight Jesus is here and blessing you with the gift of an intimate relationship with him. He brings to you and me hope and deliverance. Out of the darkness and I to the light. He says to us some 2000 years later " "don't be afraid... Follow me."
Thanks for letting me share. Randy Young
Do you feel like you are walking on a ledge? Trying to balance your financial ledger? On Quiet Moments Episode 6 Randy Young shares the Biblical account of the boy with two fish and 5 loaves.
It isn't enough to feed 5000!" I would of exclaimed to the disciple, who asked me for my 2 fish and 5 loaves, to feed 5000 people! Yet the boy freely gave all he had for Jesus to use. Not a single person (5000 people) left hungry. In fact, even after everyone ate to their hearts content, there were still 6 extra baskets full of fish and loaves of bread. After reading about that amazing miracle in the Gospels, It dawned on me that like that boy with the fish and loaves, Jesus is asking for what I have, so he can bless it! Unlike the boy who freely gave everything he had, I can be guilty of over- analyzing the details, and as a result resist giving by concluding that: "I don't have enough!" Then I miss out on the blessing. Yes, I miss out on the blessing. I am thinking of different circumstances of late where I have heard myself saying.. "I don't have enough time" to volunteer. Or, " it isn't enough money" to make a difference. "I don't have enough patience" to work with kids. Yet, if I had the faith like that child did, to hand over what I do have... to Jesus, He can bless it, multiply it, use it to bless others, and bring glory to Himself! I stand in awe of how that old story I have heard for 30 years could be made new for me, today!
They couldn't see with their eyes, yet they saw how important it was that they get their request made known to Jesus! Upon yelling out for Jesus to have mercy on them, the two blind men who were sitting beside the road were told to "be quiet!" by the crowd. They refused the pressure of their peers, instead, yelled even louder and more ardently than before. "JESUS, have mercy on us!" Jesus heard them and found them!... The text says he had compassion and healed them instantly! I wonder how many of us have cried out to the Lord for help, and then became discouraged and quit crying out for one reason or another? What I love about this account of Matthew 20 verses 29-34 is the tenacity of these two blind men. They wouldn't be silenced, they were going to find Jesus, despite their blindness. The truth is...I was blinded by my own selfish ambition and destructive habits. Just like those blind men who cried out, I also cried out in my own state of darkness. He opened my eyes to see, just like he did for those blind men on that road. I am forever grateful. Thank you again.
Randy Young - Host of Quiet Moments