Come as you are

Luke 5:8-11
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "depart from me, for I am a sinful man, oh Lord." For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him!

Cross References
Isiah 6:1-8
Ezekiel 1:28
Mark 8:29

Simon's reaction is a natural response to God himself appearing to man. Although Simon did not realize exactly who Jesus was at the time, he knew that Jesus had been sent by God because no one else could perform such a miracle. He fell down at Jesus' knees in the midst of the fish asking the Lord to depart from him, so that he would not be judged as a sinful man. He felt himself in the presence of God and did not feel "good enough" to be there. Isn't that what some of us do today? We avoid becoming a Christian and giving our lives to Jesus because we feel like we are not good enough. We feel like we need to "clean ourselves up" before coming to the Lord. Jesus wants us to come as we are. He accepts us as we are and He changes us through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are waiting until you feel "good enough" to give your life to Jesus, it will never happen! You will never shed the guilt that comes with sin until you have been bought by Jesus and washed in His blood. This is what cleanses our sins and lifts the guilt that sin bears. Peter was astonished by the miracle of the nets being so full of fish that they were breaking. The fisherman had been at this all day and had caught nothing. Jesus shows up and puts His hand in the water and out of nowhere, the nets are so full that they are breaking. At this point, Peter has only realized that God is working through Jesus, he will later come to a deeper understanding of who Jesus really is (Mark 8:29- And He asked them, "But who do you so that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."). After Jesus' Resurrection, Peter and the other disciples fully understand who Jesus is.

Do not be afraid: catching men builds on the analogy of catching fish. It means bringing people into the Kingdom of God, and into a relationship with Jesus.

After realizing the authority that Jesus had, the miracle He was able to perform, and seeing that He was not expecting perfection, the men decided to leave everything they knew behind and follow Jesus-they took a step of faith.

We do not need to be materialistic. All the worldly things/comforts that we treasured, as now being Christians (followers of Christ), we should forget about them, drop them and focus on following Jesus. He will provide our needs and will fulfill some of our wants.

Like Peter, many people think they are too sinful to be in church (in the presence of God). The devil makes us feel like we are not good enough; so we avoid God. Jesus tells us, as He did Peter, "do not be afraid, just follow me." We cannot change on our own. Jesus knows this. That is why He takes us as we are and He cleans up the mess, He changes us through the power of the Holy Spirit. A lot of times Jesus picks up the worse mess in the family; so when the rest of the family sees that if He can clean up the worst mess, He can change them also.

If you are reading this today and you do not know Jesus, I urge you to pray the prayer of Faith and Confession, right here on this website. He will change your life and put you on a path of peace. The Bible says that the peace God gives surpasses all understanding. This is His will for your life, all you have to do is ask Him into your heart and accept Him. We are here for you. We love you and God bless you!

Father I pray that you will give us the faith and reassurance to have the confidence to drop everything and follow you. In Jesus name. Amen. 


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