From the Gospels we see that when our Lord Jesus meets people, he sometimes asks things from them. For example, when he met Peter, he asked for his boat to use it for preaching. Will you give your bout to Jesus?
One day, we read in Luke’s 5th chapter, our Lord Jesus was at the lake Galilee and wanted to use Peter’s boat to preach the Word of God. “He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.”
Do you give when Jesus asks?
God gives us grace for the common good and wants to us that grace for his work. His work is for the common good. This is why Jesus asks us “our boats” to use to teach the people. This is an amazing thing. All of us need think how do we act. Do you give your boat to Jesus? Will you give your boat to Jesus? How do you use your boat today. Ask yourselves these questions to examine your consciousness. God forbid we refuse our boats when Jesus asks for them.
Peter now only gave his boat to Jesus, but also listened to him. As a result, the words of Jesus penetrated in Peter’s heart. Now see what happens to you when God’s words penetrate your heart.
What Happens When God’s Words Penetrate Your Heart
After teaching from the boat, Jesus asks Simon to put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch. Simon, already amazed by Jesus’ teaching, replies: “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. Luke 5:6-7
Do you see? “The Word of God has real power. The words of Gospel are not just Words. They are life. They are a miracle. And if anyone takes these words in his hearts, will see miracles, will see healing. Because our God is a living God,” says Bishop Sahak Mashalian of the Armenian Church.
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