So far this week, we have learned about what a life adventure with God is. Today, I want to explore when Simon Peter first met Jesus—what seemed like a small request turned into a life-changing adventure Simon Peter could never have imagined (Luke 5:1-11). And I’d like to share my own story as well.
Jesus was preaching at the Sea of Galilee when he saw a couple empty boats and thought he could best address the crowd from the water. When Jesus first stepped into Simon Peter’s boat and asked to be pushed out into the water, Simon Peter had no idea what he was saying “yes” to. As Jesus finished teaching, he told Simon Peter to go to the deeper water and let down his nets. He followed Jesus’ instructions, and his nets overflowed with fish. At that moment, his eyes were truly opened to who Jesus was.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
And just like that, Peter stepped into the adventure of God’s story. Note that it was not Peter inviting Jesus into his life, but rather, Peter left everything behind to follow Jesus and take on the life-changing adventure that God had planned for him.
I have no idea how old Peter was when this event took place, but it was truly a line in the sand moment from which he never looked back. All along the way, God kept inviting Peter to participate in his story.
He is asking you too. You see, the opportunity hasn’t passed no matter your age. Lead Pastor Ben Snyder referred to it this weekend as, “If you’re not dead, you’re not done.” This brings me to my story.
I was raised in an Evangelical United Brethren Church. I first accepted Christ into my life at age 10, and I spent most of my life afterward kind of going through the motions of being a Christian, with maybe a small adventure here and there. It wasn’t until after I started attending CedarCreek that I began to realize what a true life-changing adventure with God was. Now, at the age of 67, I have completed GrowthTrack, joined a couple of Groups, been baptized, joined the Prayer Team, and write for LivingItOut. Next, I’m planning to lead a Group! I never saw myself doing most of these things, and even though I am occasionally taken outside of my comfort zone, I have never felt more connected in my faith. And I am enjoying the peace that comes from stepping into the story that God had planned for me all along.
He is calling you too, inviting you to discover the Adventure of You and the purpose he has for you. How you respond to the invitation will make the difference between living the adventure God has for you or missing out on it.
Have you truly stepped into a life-changing adventure with God? If so, are you living that adventure to its fullest challenge?
Continue engaging in this new series, The Adventure of You. Share your adventure story with others.
Loving God, I am so thankful and grateful that you openly invite me into a full, life-changing adventure with you. Thank you for never giving up on me and keeping your invitation open at all stages of my life, no matter my age. God, open my eyes so that I might see all you have in store for me and encourage me, as Peter did, to say “yes.” I know that what may seem small at the moment has the potential to lead me into the purpose you have planned for me—all for your honor and your glory. Amen.
This post was written by Ned Miller, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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