God’s Word: Luke 5: 1-11
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Is your boat available for a higher purpose? When Jesus was teaching on the lake-shore the crowds grew large and pushed forward to be close to him. He borrowed a boat, climbed in and pushed out a ways from shore to speak to the people. The boat belonged to Simon Peter, who had been fishing all night and didn’t catch anything. When Jesus finished speaking he told Peter to push out into the deep and let the nets down for a catch. Peter obeyed and the nets were so full they had to call another boats to help them draw it in.
To be open-handed to the immediate needs of others is the same as loaning Jesus your boat. When you loan Jesus your boat the returns will knock your socks off. And then what? Use the returns to knock the socks off of someone else with a need. The poor you will always have with you. Some are poor because of their “poor” choices. These, you need to teach how to fish, not give them a fish or you will have them back asking for a fish every day. If a man won’t work, he should not be fed. Only those who cannot work should you provide fish for.
My blessings are always given to be shared, not hoarded. The more you give, the more you receive, to give and give some more. As you give Jesus is honored and when you honor Jesus the blessings flow in, in such abundance, that your boat overflows. I do not overflow your boat to make you rich and comfortable but that you will share the bounty you have received to be a comfort to others. It is really so simple but there are so few, so very few that grasp this truism. Instead, they grasp the bounty and build bigger storage barns.
God’s Question: Who has a need your boat can provide?
God’s Promise: Use your boat to bless others and I will bless you.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for the lessons you reveal through every Bible verse.
I am Sorry I hoard blessings instead of sharing them.
Thank You for teaching me how to share my blessings.
Please help me to willing and eagerly share my blessings.