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 The Deep Waters
19/02/2018 14:20:15 GMT
Written by David Hathaway

'One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on Him to listen to the Word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water's edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So, He sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Now go out to the deep waters and let down your nets"' (Luke 5:2-4).

I want you to understand your Christian experience through this story: too many people stand on the shore, they are looking from a distance; they watch on television, maybe they go to church once a year. I know people have this tradition: many will only go to church once a year, they will go at Easter, or they will go twice, because they will go Easter and Christmas, if they are not too busy.

That doesn't save a nation; that doesn't change your life. I can remember a time in England when we were like this. A lot of people in England would only go two times a year to church. Yes, they would go at Easter, sometimes we would fill the biggest halls in London; I've spoken in those big auditoriums, ten thousand people, but they would only go at Easter and Christmas. Do you know what happens to those people; when difficulties come, when the storms arise, they don't have a real faith, they are just in the shallow water and the storm overwhelms them. Secularism has taken over; materialism has drowned people out. Now even in England, they don't go to church at Easter, they don't go to church at Christmas, instead they go on holiday or go shopping. Our shops are open all the time, even at the religious festivals. Somebody once said that the new Christian Temple in England is not a church but a supermarket. 

If you never enter the deep water, if you don't get a real relationship with God through Jesus Christ, your experience remains shallow. You are at a distance, on the edge of the crowd. Jesus is saying to you today, 'come in the boat with Me; come into the boat, come closer; come where I am.' Instead of us always saying, 'O Jesus, come to me'; it is so easy if you are sick or in trouble to cry, 'O God, help me.' In times of danger, in sickness, when you are facing death, even the biggest atheist will call out to God for salvation. Even the unbeliever, those who never go to church, in the moment of death, when the fear comes upon them, even they can cry out, 'O God, help me.' They call out, not because they believe, not because they have a relationship with God, but it is a cry of desperation. 

We should not just say, 'O Jesus, help me: I'm sick; I'm dying.' Don't call from a distance, what Jesus is saying today is, 'come to Me.' Don't stay at a distance on the shore, or remain in the shallow water, join Jesus in the deep waters of faith.


 


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