PROSTITUTING HIS PRESENCE

29 July 2013

PROSTITUTING HIS PRESENCE

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 5:5-11

*Luke 5*

New Living Translation (NLT)

*The First Disciples*

*5 *One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of
Galilee,*[**a*

*]*great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. *2 *He
noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had
left them and were washing their nets. *3 *Stepping into one of the
boats, Jesus asked Simon,*[**b*

*]* its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat
and taught the crowds from there.

*4 *When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out
where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

*5 *“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and
didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down
again.” *6 *And this time their nets were so full of fish they began
to tear! *7 *A shout for help brought their partners in the other
boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of
sinking.

*8 *When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees
before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much
of a sinner to be around you.” *9 *For he was awestruck by the
number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. *10 *His
partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be
fishing for people!” *11 *And as soon as they landed, they left
everything and followed Jesus.

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Reading this passage, what stood out to me more than the awesome
account of Jesus’ teaching and His miracle of the nets full of fish,
was Simon Peter’s response to being in the presence of Jesus: “Oh
Lord, I’m too much of a sinner to be around you”.

Oh how we have lost that sense of respect for the presence of God. We
are quite happy to walk boldly with our sin into His presence and make
excuses for it. We use His justifying work and the fact that He has
forgiven our sin, to justify why we aren’t working on getting rid of
the sin that entangles us, and putting things in place to become more
like Jesus everyday.

We need to return to the standard of respect for the presence of God
that Simon Peter had – that we are so aware of our sinfulness that we
repent before we become guilty of prostituting the presence of God –
using it for our own gain.

A CALL TO ACTION

Be more intentional this week about honouring God’s presence by
searching your heart and repenting of any sin every time you spend
time with God. Don’t be overcome by guilt so that you run from God;
rather be so aware of your own sinfulness that you run to Him for
cleansing and forgiveness.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Thank you Jesus for what you did for me on the cross. Thank you that
you have made a way for me to enjoy Your presence. Please forgive me
for abusing that privilege at times, and help me to repent daily and
turn from my sinfulness. Amen.

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