Luke 15:1-11 was the New Testament reading from the Moravian Daily Text for Jun 26, 2018. I read this passage with a small group of pastors that Tuesday morning.
I saw several wonderful truths during the reading of this passage. The first is that Jesus sees potential and we don’t. I saw this when one of my fellow pastors read verse 2 from a different translation than mine. That translation had the word but in it.
That little word suggested to me that there was potential here, potential that was not being realized. Jesus could see this potential, but the fishermen/future disciples could not. That idea carries into the miraculous catch of fish. All Peter saw was a barren lake (or a lake that was at least barren for him at the current time). Jesus saw something else and told Peter to cast in his nets. Peter did, and there was a catch, fruit, harvest, life.
There were a couple other ideas I saw here. I wrote them down in my journal.
I doubt you can read my chicken-scratch handwriting, so here’s what it says:
- Do we have eyes to see the potential?
- Can we submit to Jesus’ authority in a place where we are experts? (This is what Peter did, and as we go forward with Kingdom work, I imagine it is what we will have to do as well; we will have to trust Jesus when He tells us to do something counter intuitive)
- Can we accept the grace Jesus is offering sinful men? (This is another idea I got from this text. Peter asks Jesus to leave him, understanding that he is sinful and thus not worthy of what Jesus is offering. Jesus, however, graciously refuses, holding on to Peter despite Peter’s admitted and no doubt very real sinfulness).
- Do we have a spirit that will attempt what seems hopeless?
All of these were challenging but inspirational. They indicate that God is asking me to do a hard thing (which Kingdom work no doubt is) but that He is empowering me to do this hard thing and that I am accepted/allowed to do this hard thing and can do this hard thing by faith.
The leader of our group then asked us to summarize “the covenant word” we heard in this passage (covenant refers to our relationship with God; a covenant word is usually about God Himself; it is a fact or truth rather than a command). We listed these:
- God is a forgiver.
- God holds on to us.
- God has more for us.
And that is what I heard on June 26th, 2018.