I. The influence of faithful friends (Luke 5:18-19)
A. They refused to give up (Luke 8:14)
B. “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
II. The immensity of Jesus’ power (Luke 5:20-25)
A. The judgment of the scribes and Pharisees (Acts 26:5; Matthew 23; 5:20; Deuteronomy 18:18-22; Mark 14:64)
B. Jesus demonstrated His power to forgive and heal (John 3:17)
III. The importance of a proper response to Jesus (Luke 5:25-26)
A. They were amazed (Luke 2:47; 4:36)
B. They glorified God (Luke 5:25)
C. They were filled with fear (Luke 5:8)
D. “We have seen strange things today!”
I. God doesn’t expect you to do everything all at once
A. The Great Commission (Mark 16:15) was preceded by a limited commission (Matthew 10:5-7)
B. Our obligation begins in our own backyard (Matthew 10:5-6)
C. We need to obey the initial “little” command (Luke 5:3) before we “launch out into the deep” (Luke 5:4)
II. We are not doing it alone
A. “They signaled to their partners” (Luke 5:6-7)
B. Don’t be anxious or scared (Luke 5:9-10; 1 Samuel 8:6-7)
C. Even Jesus was not 100% “successful” (Mark 10:22; John 6:65-66)
D. Don’t give up (Galatians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:58)
III. The importance of our attitude
A. Peter seemed reluctant (Luke 5:4-5)
B. Don’t complain (1 Corinthians 10:1-11; Philippians 2:14-15)
C. Full commitment (Luke 5:11; 9:57-62; Romans 12:1-2)
Day 5/260: Read Luke 5
Our attitude in obeying the Lord is important. Peter obeyed, but not without voicing his complaint in the process. In essence, he said, “I’ll do it, but I don’t see the point!”
He changed his attitude when he saw the miraculous catch. Peter recognized not only the power of Christ, but his own sinful condition, and acknowledged that he was truly not worthy to even be in the Lord’s presence.
Should we not also pay attention to our attitude as we serve the Master? We should be joyful as we do the things God has commanded, exhibiting a cheerful attitude that will cause others to desire to serve Him. If God’s children all had the attitude of Peter, grumbling that we don’t see the point, it would be difficult to influence those outside of Christ to obey Him.
It is also interesting to see what the early disciples did: “they forsook all and followed Him.” Can we say the same today? Or are we hanging on to something that prevents us from full and complete service? Christianity is not a hobby; it is full-time way of life meant to affect everything else we do.
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
Luke 5:31-32: Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Pray for a better attitude in your service to the Almighty. Pray for joy in worship and delight in the duties expected of God’s children. Pray that your cheerfulness will be contagious to your brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Actions speak louder than words. The apostle Matthew (also known as Levi) demonstrated his devotion to the Lord through his actions. He worked as a tax collector. The Jews had a very low opinion of tax collectors, but it was a financially lucrative occupation. When Jesus called Matthew, Luke says that “he left all, rose up, and followed Him” (Luke 5:28).
Matthew recognized the infinite value of the soul. He recorded the Lord’s words, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Knowing this surely made the decision to leave his position at the tax office less difficult.
The humility of Matthew also shines through in his account of Christ’s gospel. He writes, “As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples” (Matthew 9:9-10).
Compare this with Luke’s account: “After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them” (Luke 5:27-29).
Did you notice the differences? They are slight, but they are there. Matthew does not say that he left everything, but Luke wants to be sure the reader recognizes his level of commitment. Also, Matthew simply mentions a feast “in the house.” Luke tells us that Matthew “gave Him a great feast in his own house.” Matthew could have given himself credit for these things, but he didn’t want to draw focus away from Jesus.
Let’s remember to always give God the glory, showing others His love and grace.