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October 12th, 2015

Our Talent, His Empowerment

“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’ And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.” Luke 5:4-7 (ESV)

Having just heard Jesus preach, these ordinary fishermen had already discerned something special in this man from Galilee. His words were not the words of an ordinary rabbi; no, there was something more pronounced and meaningful in His preaching. And, yet, there had to have been a moment of surprise when this carpenter/teacher told experienced fishermen to go back out to fish, having had no success that preceding night. Granted, Jesus was an incredible teacher, but what did He know about fishing?

The truth we encounter in this passage is a profound one indeed. In the Kingdom of God, the Lord has given us knowledge and ability, but both of those things are inept without the power of God fueling them. We may think we know how to fish, but unless we fish at the Lord’s direction, we will work in vain with little to show for it. We are inherently dependent upon the Lord, and we must recognize that dependence even in activities at which we feel well-versed.

What talents and knowledge has the Lord given you? Are you using them in His empowerment for the building of His Kingdom? Or are you operating outside His empowerment, serving in vain and in frustration? Commit to submit today, responding to His clearly spoken direction rather than randomly throwing your nets into an unforgiving sea.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Empowerment, Luke, Talents.
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October 12th, 2012

Our Talent, His Empowerment

“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ And Simon answered, ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’ And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.” Luke 5:4-7 (ESV)

Having just heard Jesus preach, these ordinary fishermen had already discerned something special in this man from Galilee. His words were not the words of an ordinary rabbi; no, there was something more pronounced and meaningful in His preaching. And, yet, there had to have been a moment of surprise when this carpenter/teacher told experienced fishermen to go back out to fish, having had no success that preceding night. Granted, Jesus was an incredible teacher, but what did He know about fishing?

The truth we encounter in this passage is a profound one indeed. In the Kingdom of God, the Lord has given us knowledge and ability, but both of those things are inept without the power of God fueling them. We may think we know how to fish, but unless we fish at the Lord’s direction, we will work in vain with little to show for it. We are inherently dependent upon the Lord, and we must recognize that dependence even in activities at which we feel well-versed.

What talents and knowledge has the Lord given you? Are you using them in His empowerment for the building of His Kingdom? Or are you operating outside His empowerment, serving in vain and in frustration? Commit to submit today, responding to His clearly spoken direction rather than randomly throwing your nets into an unforgiving sea.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 278:  Matthew 4; Luke 4-5)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Empowerment, Luke, Talents.
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