Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Luke 5:8–10 (ESV): "8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon."
The presence of Jesus is so powerful that it can bring the saltiest of people to their knees. That is why it's so important that we live in His presence. It will keep us humble.
On one occasion Jesus was teaching near the Sea of Galilee and the crowd got overwhelming so Jesus got in the boat of Peter and Andrew and taught from there. When He was finished He told them to launch into the deep for a catch. Peter kindly declined but Jesus insisted and to his amazement, their nets were busting they were so full of fish. At this moment Peter fell before Jesus for He knew Jesus was the Messiah. His presence produced a real sense of depravity in Peter.
Where do you run for perspective? The world will tell you what you want to hear. Jesus...His presence alone will tell you what you need to hear. We need this perspective to keep us humble. We are not inherently good people, we are sinful creatures who need a Savior! Thankfully He doesn't only convict but He also consoles! Get in His presence as much as you can. It is food and drink for our soul and a much-needed dose of reality. Amen?
Father, we thank You for being honest with us always. We are not good people who occasionally do bad things. We are bad people who occasionally do good things. Help us to live in Your presence that we might never forget who we are and who You are we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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