Our God is Greater

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of hearing Mark Hall speak. For you that aren't familiar with Mark, he's the lead singer of the now very popular Christian group, Casting Crowns.

During the time we spent listening to his music and his "discussions," one particular thing jumped out at me and shook me up a little.

Mark spent several minutes discussing the life of Peter (the Apostle), and how Jesus spent so much time and energy pursuing Peter, teaching Peter, loving Peter, and forgiving Peter. 

The good thing about Peter (for us) is that he was pretty good at messing everything up. He rarely did things efficiently, or kindly, or properly. 

He was the "bull in a china shop."

I can relate to that. 

How many times have I face-palmed myself? 

More times than you have fingers with which to count.

But Mark's point in mentioning Peter was the Jesus initiated the relationship by stepping into Peter's world--fishing--and conquering it. (See Luke 5:1-11)

How did Jesus conquer Peter's world?

Peter was a fisherman. Undoubtedly he was very experienced at the trade when Jesus came into Peter's life.

When Jesus did step into Peter's life, He did so by literally stepping on to Peter's fishing boat. 

The crowds were closing in on Jesus, and He needed an escape. He jumped to Peter's boat and said, "Push out into the water."

After Jesus preached to the people and sent them away, he turned to Peter and said, "Cast your nets on this side of the boat."

If you're like me, you don't like being told what to do; especially by someone that you perceive as being, shall we say, "uninformed." 

And I'm thinking Peter had his fair share of pride too.

He could have easily said, "Okay Mr. Jesus, how long have you been fishing?" 

He could have cited his years of fishing experience, and how he used every single trick and tactic in the book; yet there were no fish in Peter's boat.

Instead of arguing with Jesus, Peter did what He asked.

And the result rocked Peter's world (and his boat).

More fish than the nets could handle. 

They were literally concerned that the boat was going to sink.

Jesus, who was presumably not an experienced fisherman (Bible says he was a carpenter), walks into a professional fisherman's boat and changes his career with one sentence--one little piece of advice.

The money that Peter would have made with those fish was substantial. It was most likely the greatest catch of his career. He was about to become a well-known fisherman around his coasts.

Then Jesus said, "Follow me instead."

In other words, "Drop your nets, sell your boat, quit your job, and come with me. I can show you more than a big catch of fish!"

Why did this shake me up?

Because I often think I know better than God. I'm getting better at it, but I still struggle to not argue with Him. There are times when I think I know better.

It's beneficial for me to visualize Jesus showing up at my workplace and conquering that world too.

And He could.

If you play sports, He could show up and play the sport to perfection. He could make you the worst or the greatest in one moment.

If you are an academic, He could show up to your seminar, your book discussion, or your study section and blow your mind with razor-sharp, infinitely-precise insights.

If you're a designer, He could design the most beautiful piece in just seconds. 

He could step into your world and blow it out of the water with practically no effort.

It's easy for Christians to become proud of their accomplishments, to "graduate" from needing to listen to God, and to think their world is somehow outside the realm of God's reach.

No, my friend. Your world is well within the reach of God's power, and so is mine.

Anything you can fathom, He can conquer, outwit, destroy, build, design, multiply, or eradicate. 

Let's try to respond like Peter did when Jesus asked him to follow.

Let's drop our "nets" and go.

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