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Lean In Even When You Want To Run

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July 20, 2020
Caroline Burk

“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’ For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken…” –Luke 5:8-9

The Bible informs us of a story involving Peter and Jesus. Peter had fished all night and ended up empty-handed. But then Jesus showed up, told Peter to let down the nets, and fish flooded the once vacant fishing nets.

How did Peter respond to this miracle? He told Jesus to leave him. 

Peter didn’t mean to be disrespectful, rather, he realized he was in the presence of holiness and felt unworthy. Peter shows how God’s goodness and grace can make us more aware of our own sinful nature and inadequacy.

However, the difference is that Jesus didn’t want to leave Peter – He actually wanted Peter to draw nearer to Him. And here’s the best part… Jesus wants the same for you.

He reveals His goodness to us, not to push us away or to make us feel ashamed, but so we become more aware of our need for Him. From now on, let’s run towards Jesus’ goodness and leave our fear and shame behind us.

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