Luke 5:8-10 New International Version (NIV)
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
Simon Peter took action – he fell at Jesus’ knees and he exclaimed, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
Simon Peter calls him Lord. Peter recognizes and acknowledges his own sinfulness in the face of the divine. He understood to the core of his being his unworthiness in the presence of Jesus. At this, he sees the truth and falls apart.
How did Jesus react to Peter? He didn’t reject Peter’s worship and He commissioned him, telling him he would ‘catch men’ (be a witness for Him as one of His disciples).
At times when I become complacent in my walk with Jesus I remind myself of who Jesus is and who I am in comparison. When I had my encounter with Jesus I knew I was not worthy to stand in His presence and that compared to Him I was filth and I knew it.
There are countless days when I still marvel that Jesus called me, but He did.
I am so grateful for my small group, our church and the reminder we are frequently given that we are an Acts 2 church, with and Acts 1:8 mandate,
an Matthew 28 commission, living out an Acts 29adventure.
Lord. I fall to my knees as I am reminded again of Your worthiness. I acknowledge my day by day sin in the face of your sinless perfection. Thank you for calling me. I accept Your commission to be Your witness and to serve You as Lord and Saviour. You alone are worthy of worship and adoration. Amen