TUESDAY, JANUARY 4
1 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
Luke 5:1-3 (NLT)
NORTHSTAR’S APPROACH TO CHURCH: WE REVISITED JESUS’S MESSAGE
Nicky Gumbel, in his book Questions of Life talks about a visit to the doctor, he writes “Suppose I go to the doctor and say, ‘Doctor, I have a number of problems: I have a problem of fungus growing under my toenails, I have piles, my eyes itch, I need a flu jab; I have very bad backaches and I have tennis elbow.’ Then, having got through my list of complaints, I look at my watch and say, ‘Goodness me, time is getting on. Well, I must be off. Thanks very much for listening.’ The doctor might want to say, ‘Hang on a second. Why don’t you listen to me?”
When Jesus was teaching in Luke 5, the crowds “pressed in on him to listen to the word of God.” The word “pressed in” was used to describe the pressure and power of a terrible storm or hurricane. The passion of these folks was very intense. The sense of urgency and interest of the people to hear the words of Christ indicated the spiritual vacuum that characterized the people in that region. They were starving spiritually.
It is easy for a church to get so busy doing things “for” God that they stop listening to God. When Northstar church started, we made the decision to revisit exactly what God was asking us to do as a church and what was His message for our community. Part of that decision was a commitment to teach the Bible and listen to God’s Word. “Do you have a craving to hear from the Word of God? Do you hunger to learn His truths? Do you have a plan to regularly or systematically study the Bible this year?
Praise God for giving us the Bible to guide and feed us spiritually on a daily basis.