An Inconvenient Faith

Anyone who has been a Christian for more than 5 minutes will know that it’s not always convenient!

Luke 5:1-11

Reference: Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ NIV)

Explore: My whole year’s work has built up to an event that happens this month. To make it happen I’ll have had to do three overseas trips and multiple domestic trips and put in hours of work at the office. To say this month is busy would be an understatement!

And then, a few weeks ago I find out my interstate friend’s husband is in hospital. He was in town on work and had a seizure and now he can’t fly home.

At this point in time, all my free moments are taken up with washing, cooking and running the kids around. It would be a total inconvenience for me to spend time with my friend’s husband. But how can I not?

I am one of the few Christian friends this family has. The example Jesus gave over and over again was to go out of His way for others. He went out of His way for me, how can I not do the same for someone else?

Application: Anyone who has been a Christian for more than 5 minutes will know that it’s not always convenient! Sometimes it seems it would be easier to not show Christ’s love.

When Jesus asked Simon Peter to head out fishing again, He was being totally inconvenient. Simon had already been out all night, he was tired, had come up with nothing and was well on his way to finishing cleaning up. But when Jesus inconveniently asked him to head out again, he obeyed.

It’s at times like this I wish I was more like Simon Peter. Even though Jesus may seem a little inconvenient to the plans we have, we need to trust He knows what is best and follow Him.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I hesitate to do Your will. Help me to put my plans aside and keep Your call at the forefront of any action. Amen.

What is inconvenient about your faith?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.