When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. Luke 5:4-7 (NIV)
Will you listen to my word? Will you go and do what I ask of you? Will you go and do what I ask even when you don’t fully understand what I am asking of you? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when you would rather not? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when it is inconvenient and uncomfortable? Will you be willing to go far out of your way to do what I am asking of you? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when you don’t think that the recipient of your efforts is worth your trouble? Will you go and do what I am asking you simply because I asked you to do it for me. I was beginning to wonder how many ways you would ask me if I would be willing to go and do what you asked of me. I just started to scratch the surface of the different ways I could ask you the same question. Would you like me to ask you more questions? No, I get your point. What is my point? You want me to tell you if there are any reasons or situations or circumstances in which I would not go and do what you ask of me. You want to know if I will follow and obey you no matter the cost. These questions and my answers are not for your benefit. You know what I will think before I think it. You know what I will say before I say it. You know what I will do before I do it. Yes, I do. You want me to ask and answer these questions now so that I will remember how I want to answer them in the future. Yes, I do. Here is my answer. I am listening. I will go and do whatever you ask me to go and do for you under any and every circumstance. I will listen to your word. I will follow and obey your word. Use me to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Make my life fruitful for your kingdom. Help me to bring glory to your name. I am at your service. That is very good. I will make you fruitful for my kingdom as you obey my word. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, no longer will I live by my own wisdom. Instead, I will carefully hear and fully obey your word. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to guide my life. I will go and do all you ask of me simply because you say so. Amen
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