February 25, 2013

Using Your Life Experience To Serve The Lord

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How should we use our life experience to serve the Lord?

That was the question that John Ketchersid asked in his sermon yesterday. Taking the passage in Luke 5, John explored the situation where Peter lets Jesus preach from his boat, then, because Jesus asks him to, puts his nes into the water even though he had been fishing all night without catching a single fish. He catches a ton of fish, then when Jesus asks him to leave it all and follow him, Peter does just that. He leaves all to follow the Savior.

So what does this teach us about serving the Lord? This is what John said:

  • We serve the Lord by USING our experience, expertise, and resources. Peter was a fisherman and had a boat. He used what he had to help Jesus teach the people by letting Jesus use his boat.   We all have things in our lives that we can use for God's kingdom, whether it is our time, our money, or our experience. God's kingdom is blessed when His people use whatever He has given them.
  • Serving the Lord IN SPITE OF our experience, expertise, and resources. When Jesus asks Peter to put out his nets after they had fished all night with no success, you can just imagine Peter's thoughts. Seriously? I have been fishing for years! I know how to fish and I can tell you right now, we are not going to catch any fish. It is late in the day and I've already cleaned my nets. And then "Master, because you asked, I will do it." Sometimes we let our experience, our knowledge, and our abilities get in the way of the kingdom. We think we know best, when in fact we know nothing about what is best for the kingdom. It is when we follow Jesus in spite of what we know that life gets exciting and God's kingdom is realized here on earth.
  • Serving the Lord by LEAVING our experience, expertise, and resources. Jesus told Peter to follow him, and he would make Peter a fisher of men. What I thought interesting is that he added, "Don't be afraid." Leaving what you know and do and are good at is frightening! We like feeling secure in what we know. We want to feel in control of our life and do what we think is best. But Jesus says to not be afraid of leaving it and following Him. We can rest in His love for us as we take that leap of faith to follow Him with all that we are. 
Following Jesus is such a great adventure. Sure, it is scary. Sure, we don't like the insecurity. But oh...let's not miss out what God has for us! He has a great mission for us if we will only let Him show us the way. 

It is in our submission to Him - serving God by using...in spite of...and leaving our experience, expertise, and resources - that we can truly participate in this adventure as a Christ follower. What an exciting journey! 

May God bless you this week!   

5 comments:

  1. Ooh, this is really cool. It's neat to look back and see how God has worked through all three in the past--using, in spite of, leaving. And it's fun to think of how he might in the future. :)

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    1. So true, Melissa! I love looking at passages like this and seeing the same thing in my own life.

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  2. This insight into what is one of the greatest lessons of the Bible is so vast, it encapulates the entire human dilemma. Oh, how we think we need to control our lives. We're afraid of letting go, especially when a suggestion doesn't mesh with our reasoning. Trusting in the Lord to guide us is one of the most difficult things to do.

    I think I heard that Jesus said "Fear not" more than any other phrase during His ministry. Why is that so difficult? Using...inspite of...leaving. I can think of ways to start applying this advice as I ask the Lord, "What do You want me to do?"

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post, Sherrinda. John Ketchersid is very perceptive man : )

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    1. Yes, Audra, my husband listens to God's voice so well. I love to hear what God gives him each and every Sunday, and I learn so much!

      I think that is what stuck out to me too...when God says, "Do not be afraid". You are right, he says it over and over. Maybe that is because we need to hear it so much! We don't listen very well, do we?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. great lesson to think about wish i could have heard the sermon in its entirety

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