I want to share a story with you.
I went to my dentist to have a routine cleaning done. The dental hygienist started talking to me trying to engage in conversation. During our conversation, she mentioned that she went to church yesterday. Ding! That opened up a new direction for me to steer the conversation.
I asked where they had been attending and she said a church in a nearby city. I asked if they were connected or plugged in and she said no. She said that her husband was not a member anywhere and they were open to looking at new churches. We continued to talk about FaithPoint and she was interested that we meet in the restaurant of the Ramada Inn. So, I invited her and her family to visit FaithPoint.
That conversation was not forced. I do believe that God orchestrated the fact that she was going to be my hygienist today and he orchestrated the direction of the conversation.
My prayer for us today is that God would give us the eyes to see others the way He sees them and look for opportunities that He gives us.
I hope that you have a great week and I look forward to seeing you at our Wednesday night gathering.
Here are the notes from yesterday’s sermon:
The text for this sermon comes from Luke 5:1-11. The title of this sermon is: Following the Word of Jesus.
Who do you follow?
Kristi and I were headed out of town for our anniversary. A college student said that he had a GPS that we could borrow. We decided to use it because it seemed better than going on the internet and printing out directions. We left and headed out on our trip. We decided to stop and eat supper in the city that we were in. So, we pulled up the GPS and searched for restaurants. We found one that sounded good and we chose to go there. The GPS took us to a dirt road. Actually, I don’t even know if it was a road. It might have been just a dirt path. We turned on the dirt road and we came to a tree in the middle of the road. The GPS said, “You have arrived at your destination.” We knew that wasn’t right. So, we searched and found another restaurant. The GPS took us to a place that looked like it used to be a gas station but it was boarded up. The GPS said, “You have arrived at your destination.”
There are too many people in churches today that say that they love Jesus and they follow Jesus but they are not obedient to Jesus. Then they wake up one morning and because they followed other voices rather than Jesus – they are in a place that they were never supposed to be.
I heard a pastor say one time that the last part of a Christian that Jesus redeems is their wallet. I totally disagree.
Do you like peanut M&Ms? Soft chocolate on the outside that starts to melt when you pop it in your mouth and it reveals a crunchy peanut. Soft on the outside and hard on the inside. Did you know that your heart can be like that M&M? Soft on the outside and hard on the inside.
Jesus can’t redeem a wallet. The wallet can’t be saved. The person that is not giving is usually not obeying Jesus in other areas of their lives. It’s the heart of the person that Jesus wants. You will give if Jesus truly has your heart.
4-5 The fishermen were done. They worked all night. It was a bad night. They were tired. They most likely just wanted to go home and sleep. Then Jesus intentionally gets into Simon’s boat and asked him to get his boat away from the land.
After Jesus finishes teaching, He tells Simon to drop the nets into the deep water. He was preparing him for the catch of his life. Simon starts to push back.
Isn’t this how we react a lot of the time. We read something in the Bible or we know the Holy Spirit is provoking us to do something and we think, “That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. I am not doing that.”
However, Simon does something that we don’t do a lot of the time. He says to Jesus, “But at your word I will…let down the nets.”
For us, we should respond: At Your word, I will do whatever you say.
It is such a simple saying but very difficult for us to want to obey. Why do we enjoy making things so complicated? It doesn’t make sense.
8 Simon realizes that he was sinful. He knew in that instant that his heart was not clean and he was not worthy to be in the presence of Jesus.
The heart is wicked and desperately sick. – Jeremiah 17:9
Jesus forgave Simon.
Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.
Jesus took Simon’s mess and gave him a message.
We deserve nothing but death.
Jesus loved us before we even knew him and he shed his blood on the cross for our sins. If Jesus did nothing else in our lives other than give us eternal salvation, we still owe him – At Your word, I will do whatever you say.