Jesus sees you
Luke 5: 1-3
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
Prior to this event, Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John had heard the call to accept Jesus as their Messiah (read it in John 1:35-51).
They had heard the call to follow for a little while actually (Matthew 4 and Mark 1).
But on this day they were at a distance from Jesus, washing their fishing nets.
In contrast there is a crowd around Jesus. The Greek word for ‘crowd’ is epikeimai which means ‘press around’, ‘press upon’, ‘be urgent’.
There is the passion of the people and the distance of the disciples.
Where are you today? Pursuing Jesus with urgency?
Where are you today? Distant?
Whatever category you place yourself in, Jesus is watching you.
Jesus had his eye on the crowd, on his disciples and on one other thing.
He sees the boats and in particular Simon’s. It had to be Simon’s.
Perhaps Jesus thought: “One day my Spirit will step into Simon’s life to carry the work of God forward but for now I will step into his boat to enable me to carry on the work today.”
Simon’s boat became a pulpit. Actually it had just returned from a night’s fishing with nothing. Jesus stepped into this failed boat and used it for His purpose.
Where are you today? A failure not realising the potential once hoped for?
Jesus sees you. Make yourself available, something beautiful is going to happen.