FRIDAY, JANUARY 7
8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Luke 5:8-10 (NLT)
NORTHSTAR’S APPROACH TO CHURCH: WE WORSHIPPED A MIGHTY GOD
Lyman Beecher Stowe, in “Saints, Sinners, and Beechers,” tells of one occasion when Thomas K. Beecher substituted for his famous brother, Henry Ward Beecher, at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn. Many curiosity seekers came to see and hear Henry Ward Beecher. Upon Thomas K. Beecher’s appearance in the pulpit the sightseers started for the doors. Thomas K. raised his hand for attention, and made this announcement: “All those who came here this morning to worship Henry Ward Beecher may now withdraw from the church; all who came to worship God may remain.”—Christian Beacon.
The miraculous catch of fish opened Simon’s eyes to the truth that this Man was not an ordinary Teacher, but that He was God. The next verse says Simon’s partners were in amazement, so presumably they shared in Simon’s sense of sinfulness in Jesus’ presence. There is no presumption that God owes them anything. “Awestruck” in verse 9 is the first word in the sentence for emphasis! It describes an emotion in which awe and fear are mingled. This is a beautiful way to describe worship.
Northstar church is committed to worship our Mighty God and no one else. Only Jesus can change our lives and change our eternities. How have you seen churches worship men instead of Jesus?
Praise God for being mighty. Praise God for the things that make Him unlike anyone else.