Sunday, February 04, 2007

Launch Out

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him.
Luke 5:8-9

Simon Peter admitted his sinfulness for not believing. He asked that Jesus who is God to depart from him. Simon Peter knew how unworthy he was at that moment for Jesus had just filled the nets with an over abundance of fish.

What over abundance of stuff do we receive that rightly we should not get out of our own sinfulness. Do we see it as Jesus' way of telling us to trust in him and have more faith in God. Or do we place it as luck. When we reach out for help and receive our answers in unlikely ways we often forget to whom we should thank.

But we also tend to push Jesus out of our lives in our sinfulness. We drift further away from the goodness of God. We tend to be more selfish when we are farther away from faith. In those moments we too say, "Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful person." Yet in our sinfulness we should be asking Jesus to please come ever more into our lives to bring us healing and forgiveness of our sins, not pushing him away as we tend to do.

Those times are the times when we do need him more than ever, to keep us strong, to keep us faithful. How can we also be fishers of men for the kingdom of God when we too in our sinfulness forget to mend our nets. How can we be part of this if we don't keep Jesus near us.

There are many vices out there that really do put Jesus far away from, acts that are unnatural to humans, pornography, abortion, killing, drugs just to name a few. But how do we fix us so we can have the faith and love that God seeks from us. Don't be afraid to change!

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