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JESUS INVITES YOU TO GO DEEPER
Like Simon, you may feel your faith has been stagnant or even backsliding this year. If you're in that boat, know that Jesus is calling you deeper. He wants to guide you as you grow your faith. That's why today, our goal is to show you how you can build deeper trust, turn to God in deeper repentance, and watch Jesus reveal your deeper purpose.
#1) Deeper Trust: In Luke 5:3-11, we see that Simon Peter said yes to Jesus' invitation to cast his fisherman's net down, even though he was an expert fisherman and knew the fish weren't biting for his bait. Despite Simon's expertise, he received Jesus' invitation to cast his net down deeper. We see in this passage that Jesus was calling Simon to trust Him. If you want to grow your faith, you'll also need to develop deeper trust in God, like Simon did. What has God been asking you to do that perhaps you've been putting off? Revisit this invitation to deeper trust in God's guidance.
#2) Deeper Repentance: In the passage in Luke 5, we watch amazed as Simon Peter witnesses a miracle. Jesus miraculously filled his boat - and the boats of his partners, James and John - with so much fish that their boats practically start sinking! While Peter was all set to do things his way...he instead chose to obey Jesus and turn from his own way of thinking and understanding. Witnessing the miraculous catch led to his realization that he was a sinful man, deeply in need of Jesus. This is an example of repentance. When Simon Peter realized who Jesus was, He fell to his knees, turned from his sins, and acknowledged Jesus as the Holy Lamb of God. Following repentance, Simon also developed an understanding of his deeper purpose.
#3 Deeper Purpose: We see throughout Scripture that Peter was impulsive, brash, and angry at times. Yet, God chose Simon Peter to build His church. See, God can't use you until He breaks you. God can't use a man or woman until they get to the point of relying totally on God and not on themselves. Like Simon Peter, when you repent, trust God, and realize that Christ's power is in you, God gives you a deeper purpose to live for - Building His kingdom and enjoying relationship with Him!
GET OUT OF THE SHALLOW END
If you feel stuck in a state of spiritual shallowness, it's time to get out of the shallow end and dive in deeper with Jesus. Going deeper is about who you are becoming IN CHRIST - not about what you do or how you perform. Like Simon Peter, Jesus invites you to go deeper - Will you receive His invitation today and discover your deeper purpose?