In my next series of posts, I want to put into words some of the things I have learned (and am learning) in my never ending passionate adventure to know God. I am simply dedicated to the pursuit of God’s tangible presence in my life. My desire is to pass on insights I learn along the way.
One word changed everything – Master!
This one word led us to make one of the most significant decisions in our lives. We resigned our position as pastors after 20 years of ministry, believing God was leading us to pursue the true calling on our life. Previously we had been made aware through His Word that God is doing a new thing. ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland’ Isaiah 43:18-19. Jesus was about to change my situation and like Peter I claimed: ‘Master…because you say so, I will.’ Luke 5:5
I was learning that obedience, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense, is what leads to blessing.
In Luke chapter 5 we note that the disciples were overwhelmed by a sense of failure: ‘We have toiled all night and caught nothing.’ Luke 5:5 NKJV Look at them, washing their nets—the last thing fishermen do before they pack up and head for home. And that’s when Jesus showed up! He waits until we’ve reached the end, then He steps in. Why? Because as long as we think we can solve the problem on our own, we won’t reach for Him.
Notice what happened next: ‘They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.’ Luke 5:6
‘Master!’ It’s an expression of worship. It’s an acknowledgment that He is in control of my circumstances. Humbly I prayed: ‘Master, take control of things. Better still, take control of me.
The story in Luke ends with Jesus having bigger things in mind for the disciples. ‘They…left everything and followed Him’ Luke 5:11. Like the disciples we to left everything to follow Him, notably income, housing and our position as pastors – areas of security for the last 20 years.
The Lord impressed upon my spirit the promise that God had already begun to set in motion a new direction and new purpose for my future. I am constantly reminded that on the other side of our decision to obey God waits a blessing so great that it will touch the lives of those around us.
In my next post I will talk about God’s preparation for the next season