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