READ : Luke 5:1-11
In today’s passage Peter shows us two qualities of leadership in God’s kingdom. One is doing what Jesus tells us, even though we may not under stand it. “Because you say so,” Peter replied, “I will let down the nets.” Every leader in God’s kingdom must be obedient to Jesus. We must be willing to do all that Jesus tells us, without question. Are there things Jesus has told you to do that you are not doing? Those who obey Him are surprised with blessings greater than they can handle! Those who don’t obey Him labor without results.
The second quality of leadership is humbling ourselves before Jesus. Peter “fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘I am a sinful man!’” Pride disqualifies us from leading in God’s kingdom. Jesus said that whoever would be first must be the servant of all. Pride keeps many from receiving Jesus’ blessing and becoming all He wants them to become. But every person who ever fell at Jesus’ feet received a blessing and rose up to become more than he or she was before.
Have you ever bowed to the ground before Jesus? If neither age nor infirmity prevents you from bowing, does your pride prevent you? The best way to prepare ourselves to celebrate Christ’s birth is to bow down and humble ourselves before Him. We see ourselves and Jesus more clearly on our knees.
Jesus, we renounce all our pride and arrogance, and we will be more obedient to You. Amen.