Text: Isaiah 6.1-5
The story in Luke 5.1-11 concludes with the conversation going from Peter declaring he’s an unworthy sinner, to Jesus telling him not to fear because he will equip Peter to “catch” people. Jesus sees Peter’s repentant heart and recruits him to be a part of his “fishing team.” Being on the team means Jesus is going to equip and grow him.
We become candidates for discipleship, not by embellishing our good behavior, nor polishing our ethical resume, but by recognizing our deep spiritual need for a Savior. Both Peter and the Old Testament prophet Isaiah began their ministries by perceiving their own sinfulness in the presence of a Holy God.
When we recognize our sin and place our faith in Jesus, we become his disciples. He saves us, calls us to follow him, and equips and grows us to be on his “fishing team.” Seeing God’s holiness is the beginning of being used by him. When we feel the most unqualified is when we are the most qualified.
As you welcome God into your day, read Isaiah 6.1-5 and see how Isaiah, standing in the holy presence of God, comprehends his uncleanliness before he can serve. Then memorize Psalm 29.2, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” Perceiving God’s holiness is where your ministry begins.
Text: Luke 5.1-11
The Apostle Peter was no stranger to Jesus’ power: Jesus had just healed Peter’s sick mother-in-law and others in his city. What he hadn’t seen yet was Jesus’ power over the deeper concerns of his own life.
When Jesus gives Peter the command, “Let down the nets for a catch,” he and his companions have been up all night fishing with absolutely no success. The likelihood of catching any fish is ridiculous. But Peter obeys and the catch is so huge the nets break and the boats begin to sink! The power of Jesus over Peter’s arrogance and pride brings him to his knees.
Most of us would be thanking Jesus for the great catch. But Peter’s perception of Jesus had drastically changed. Jesus knew what he was thinking. Compared to Jesus’ holiness, he is completely undone. Peter feels unworthy to even be in his presence saying, “Go away from me Lord; I am a sinful man!”
You may know of Jesus’ power but, like Peter, need to honestly evaluate who he is compared to who you are. We can’t change until our perceptions change to the truth of the sin separating us from a Holy God.
As you welcome God into your day and week, listen to “Our Great God” by Fernando Ortega and Mac Powell and consider who God is compared to yourself.