November 7, 2021

Will We Let Jesus Have Our Boats?

Will We Let Jesus Have Our Boats?  

Luke 5: 1-3, ESV

5 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

What does it mean for Jesus to have Simon’s boat? 

There are so many transformational aspects of being a follower of Jesus.

  1. We are saved by grace
  2. We are built up in faith
  3. We are full of the Spirit
  4. And even before Calvary, we are invited into partnership with GOD through Jesus
  5. Jesus is our Teacher, Lord and Guide, and yes, Jesus loves us enough to invite us to participate in the redemptive work of transforming the world.  Will we let Jesus have our boat?  

Why should we let Jesus have our boat?

  1. Jesus’ request involves sacrifice and maybe discomfort, but it is within Simon’s ability to do; Jesus’ request is a challenge, but it is not a setup - the boat was not in use at the moment and therefore within Simon’s power to lend.  
  2. The requests of Jesus are centered on the other and not selfish - Jesus is only asking for the boat because Jesus has ministry to do - other folks will be blessed when Simon uses his boat. GOD didn’t give us boats to sail, travel and fish alone.  
  3. When Simon let’s Jesus use his boat, Simon is blessed as a result. Please know, Jesus always gives us more than we had before he got on the boat; let Jesus have your boat!    



How about this Thanksgiving season we view the blessings of GOD as a catalyst to more service, ministry, usefulness and transformation, instead of isolated proof that GOD can provide what GOD has already secured. Jesus causing Simon to get the catch was the easy part. Now Jesus is calling Simon to leave the catch and do the greater thing! Serve.

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