Luke 5: 1 – 3 HCSB
As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat.
I remember going to the market place in the Philippines when I was younger. It’s extremely different from today’s American culture. It was super crowded, typically flooded, flies everywhere, loud, and in my eyes, just extremely inconvenient. It was not the place I’d choose to spend my afternoon, even if they had great deals. But my family would always go there. See, if you grew up in the Philippines, you know the struggle. You know how hard it is find food to put on your family’s table daily. You understand how hard everyone works just to meet their daily financial needs. Those who lived in the Philippines understand that although it was extremely inconvenient, it was beyond worth it. Even if you had to go through traffic, fight against the crowd, be in a place that was dirty and full of discomfort, the value that it brought later on alone made the experience worth it.
In verse 1 the crowd was pressed in on Jesus to hear God’s word. I don’t know about you, but I find it crazy that they’re actually PRESSING IN on Jesus just to hear God’s word. I mean, let’s just imagine that for a second. When I hear “pressing”, I think of the market place in the Philippines. To create a visual for you, imagine yourself in a place where you can barely move and in order for you to get to where you want to be, you have to intentionally do your best to go forward despite the resistance.You have to intentionally do your best to go forward despite the resistance. Click To Tweet
It also says it was the whole crowd. It doesn’t say one person, or two. It doesn’t even say part or half. It says the whole crowd. If a whole crowd is trying to move in one direction, then they had unity. Two things we see just in this one verse is that the people really craved and desired Jesus.They wanted Him so bad, they were willing to be in a crowded place, pushing towards Him even if it wasn’t easy. They wanted Him so bad, they were willing to come together and be united, heading in one direction just to be with Him.They wanted Him so bad, they were willing to be in a crowded place, pushing towards Him even if it… Click To Tweet
Does this amaze anyone else aside from me? Reading just this verse alone makes me think, wow, they must have had to be that passionate about God’s word to really put up with all that. He was worth all the pain, struggle and discomfort.
And to be united in it? That’s amazing, because I don’t see a lot of unity nowadays. Even Christians are willing to fight each other on social media because of their opinions rather than being united in love and peace. But verse one shows us that if were to press onto God’s word more than anything, if we were to press ourselves into Jesus, Jesus is the very thing that can unite us.Jesus is the very thing that can unite us. Click To Tweet
What does this tell me?
God and His word needs to be first and foremost. What’s awesome with today is that we don’t have to be in a room fighting for a spot just to hear Him or just to spend time with Him. We have it all in the bible – easily accessible with several notes to help us study. Can you imagine what it would be like if all of us, right now, we’re as passionate as the crowd to dive into the bible just to hear God? Can you imagine what it would be like if we allowed Jesus to unite all of us together and head towards His direction passionately? It’s almost as if they didn’t care whose elbow was in their gut, they were still willing to press forward.
Verse two says that the fishermen had left their boats and were washing their nets. At this time, the fishermen had already given up. They felt like they tried over and over again, just to tire themselves from the whole night yet still didn’t catch anything. They were exhausted and I can just imagine their moods. If that was me and I stayed up the whole night doing my absolute best just to catch nothing, I would feel like an absolute failure. My shoulders would probably be slouched down, my head spinning with migraine and every other breath would end with a sigh from exhaustion and stress. But notice how in verse three, even though the fishermen were tired and were giving up on themselves, Jesus still got inside Simon’s boat. Ok, let’s say that again. Jesus got INSIDE Simon’s boat. Jesus didn’t give up on them! He hopped right into their place of exhaustion, the place that they were about to leave, the place where they wanted to give up and taught the crowd from there. Verse three also states ownership of the boat by stating it was Simon’s. The name was mentioned, showing that the identity was valuable. Jesus acknowledges you by name!Jesus acknowledges you by name. Click To Tweet
You are His vessel. You are His boat. You, specifically. He wants to hop right into your life, into your place of exhaustion and speak life into you and through you. The only question is, will you let Him?
See, a lot of times, we try to do our work on our own. Especially in our day to day lives. As a business owner and creative, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with your to-do list, trying to balance every aspect of your life. It’s easy to put your duties in your ministry and business on your shoulders, forgetting that you have a God who wants to carry the burden for you. We fight and we’re willing to stick things out, but we fight with our own strength and do our best to keep ourselves afloat. Instead, Jesus is calling you to press in on Him. if you’re willing to spend time with Him, He will make you His vessel and restore you. He would come to you, exactly where you are and be the one to speak life into you and through you. Today, I encourage you to let Him hop on in to your boat, be the one to direct you and guide you. Press in on Him, intentionally spend time with Him, and let Him use you as His vessel in your business, ministry, and life. It’s worth it.
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