Most of us live very busy lives. We get up in the morning and are a burr to those around us all day long. There are lunches to make, meetings to attend, work and school, kids and aging parents to care for, bills to be paid, meals to be cooked, clothes need washed and folded, a trip to the gym for a late night workout, all before collapsing in bed only to do it over once again tomorrow.
It is often difficult to fully commit to any one thing when there are umpteen things that we are involved in. It is as if we can only dip our feet into the wading pool because there is not time to get fully wet. It is often the same way in our relationship with God. We only get a little wet rather than jump into the deep end of the pool with both feet. However, God calls us to be fully surrendered, fully committed, all in.
One of our favorite passages is found in Luke 5:5 in which Peter (Simon), after a long night of unsuccessful fishing, is told by Jesus to try again. Here is how Peter replied to the Lord’s request – “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything, But because you say so, I will wet down the nets.” That response is a wonderful definition of obedience, “because You say so, I will.”
But today we want to look at the verse that precedes the one above. In Luke 5:4 Jesus says this to Peter – “Put out into the deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Did you catch that? Jesus called for Peter to venture out into the deep water and not simply a few feet off shore. It is the same for us; our needs are met in the deep things of God, only found when we fully surrender and trust Him completely. Picture a young girl standing on the edge of the pool ready to jump into her father’s arms in the deepest end of the swimming pool. This child does not know how to swim but she has the complete confidence that her father will catch her and not allow her to drown. So against the fear that is within her, she jumps, and daddy catches her. The smile of both on their faces is priceless.
We like to say that God is the initiator of our faith, Jesus is the implementer, and through the Holy Spirit, our faith becomes energized. And it is through going deep with the Holy Spirit that we can fully lose ourselves and find all that God has for us. The deep waters of the Holy Spirit are always accessible to us because they are always flowing. Ezekiel gives us a beautiful picture of this constantly flowing river, one that begins like a small stream but the more we “jump in” the deeper it gets, and the more we get of the Holy Spirit’s work. Ezekiel 47:1-5 is a prophesy about the healing and restoration brought by God’s Spirit In verse 1 Ezekiel sees “the water was coming down from underneath the temple’s south side.” In subsequent verses, each time its depth gets measured, the water goes from a trickle (v.2) to ankle deep (v.3) to knee deep then waist deep (v.4), and finally in verse 5 we read, “but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water has risen and was deep enough to swim in – a river no one could cross.”
Today Jesus is calling you to put out into deep water. Is that scary? Absolutely it is! The Holy Spirit calls us to be fully submerged in His flowing water; the water of wisdom, healing, peace, comfort, restoration, and the list goes on and on.
So we ask you – Are you All In? Or are you just in the shallow end playing it safe?
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