Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Spillover Blessings (Luke 5:7)

so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7 NASB)

Simon was a businessman with partners. He had employees in the boat with him and, when they could not handle the catch alone, they called for the partners in the other boat. Simon, however, was the one who had the budding relationship with Jesus. The partners are mentioned only in passing in these verses and their status with Christ is not yet clear. 

What is clear is the blessing they received because of Simon Peter's faith that day. They were not at church. They were not at a Bible study. They were cleaning and repairing fishing nets, minding their own business. When Simon moved the boat out for Jesus, they stayed on the shore. When Simon moved to the deep water at Jesus's command, they stayed on the shore. Only when the blessings poured out were more than Simon could receive did they even get in their own boat. At last, they finally moved their boat out, and they, too, were nearly sunk by blessing. 

This miraculous incident reminds me of 2 Chronicles 7:14 "if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (NASB). God doesn't require everyone in the land to repent for forgiveness and healing of the nation to come. He only requires His people to seek His face and turn from their sin. He promises that, if His people obey, He will heal the land and everyone will share in the blessing. When He pours out a blessing that is too large for us to contain, it "spills over" on those around us. 

We will see what happened with the spill-over-blessing people later, but you can be sure they were astounded by what they saw God do that day, just as those around us will be when God moves in miraculous ways. In the meantime, our job is humility, prayer (repentance), seeking The Lord (Bible study), and turning from our wicked ways (purification). We are to handle the repentance part; He is more than able to handle the blessing part. 

Today, actively do what is required by God (humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways) and pray that the blessings He sends will spill over onto our loved ones in such a way that their doubts and rebellion are washed away.