This week is I’m fighting through the pain of a kidney stone.
If you have had them you know they hurt and if you haven’t - I hope you never know the pain. I have asked Ruth to help me a wee bit, okay, a lot this week. I had worked through the passages for this past Sunday as a ‘Back to School with God’ as a theme, but I was a hurting lad and so missed doing what I had prepared but thankfully folk in our fellowship worked together to cover the message I had.
Galatians 5:25 says: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
A lot of life is just taking one step at a time, but how we take those steps matters. Three steps were taken from the life of Peter, ‘first steps’ is following Jesus, the times when we get ‘out of step’ with Jesus and the need to get ‘back in step’ with Him.
Luke 5:1-11 tells about Peter first meeting Jesus. Jesus asked to use Peter’s boat as a platform to teach the people. When Jesus finished preaching He asked Peter to go into deeper water to catch fish, Jesus the joiner telling Peter the fisherman how to catch fish. Peter followed Jesus command just because it was what Jesus asked him to do. The question asked was do we do what Jesus asks of us, even when it may not make sense? Are we taking the ‘first steps’ in following Jesus?
Luke 22 tells how Peter denied he knew Jesus. Peter was one of the first Jesus called to follow Him, Peter had walked with Jesus for three years and had witnessed all the amazing things Jesus had done. He had even promised to die with Him. But when the pressures of life came, and when it wasn’t the popular thing to be a follower of Jesus, Peter denied Jesus. Some days it is easier to not follow Jesus when under pressure. It is easier to choose not to stand up for Him. These are the ‘out of step’ with Jesus times. But the best part is that Jesus forgave Peter and didn’t hold it against him. And He can do the same for us!
Peter got ‘back in step’ with Jesus after Jesus rose from the grave. John 21, the story is almost retold, the disciples had fished all night without catching anything when Jesus told them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. When they obeyed, their nets were full of fish. Once again Jesus asked Peter to follow Him. He forgave Peter, but then He asked Peter if he truly loved Him. He asked Peter to show his love by following Him and ‘feeding His sheep’. This same call is for us as well.
So a new school year, a fresh start and some that move on with memories of their past years. For 21 years Ruth and I have had a child in Primary school, now that era is finished as our last moves to the adventure of High School. And our oldest daughter finds her way to Fife for college. So, it is a time of change.
Maybe in your house there isn’t a school year change, but it is a new day, and the first day of the rest of your life.
What sort of steps will you be taking?
Walking with Jesus even when it hurts,