Luke 5 (NLT) by Steve Stupar
Luke 5 has so many amazing verses and stories about Christ and the early parts of his ministry. We read about the calling of some of his first disciples paired with healings and the forgiveness of sins! I want you to take time to reflect on the different parts of this chapter and their significance. We are going to focus on 5 verses that I feel are the core of Luke 5. If you don’t like the “prompts” please feel free to write on whatever you are feeling. They are there to help spark ideas, it’s nothing you should feel forced to do.
The First Disciples
8 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.”
This verse shows us such a great picture of how forgiving and truly gracious our Lord is. In the midst of our sin Jesus wants to continue to bless us with abundance. What he asks from us in return is that we follow him. If Jesus wants to bless you with a boat load of fish, let him!
Prompt: Write about a time when Christ blessed you when you felt less than deserving.
Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy
12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”
Sometimes in our busy lifestyles and culture we can be a little demanding of God. Lord I need, and I need it now. I want to challenge you to ask for his will to be done. The Lord’s prayer says, “Thy will be done, thy kingdom come.” Not the kingdom of Steve, but the kingdom of God. He isn’t a magic lamp that you rub when you have some wishes.
Where is a place in your life where you need to stop saying “need,” and let the will of God take over?
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”
Our God deserves our awe and our praise. He is a miracle worker that wants to do great things in our lives. Often, we’re waiting for Moses to part the Red Sea in front of us, but God wants us to recognize the little things too! Moses didn’t wake up and part the Red Sea either, he sought God’s plan and obeyed it no matter how crazy it seemed.
Start keeping a journal of what God is doing in your life. When something amazing happens, write it down! We make the mistake of letting those things go unnoticed and then forgotten about.
Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)
31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”
Most people aren’t rushing to a hospital when they wake up feeling amazing. The doctors don’t often treat people who come in saying, “I woke up this morning feeling great, so I decided to come get a check-up.” Take that analogy into the real world and realize that there are sick people all over the earth. Their sickness is not knowing the love of Christ. Christ calls us to take that word of hope to them. I know it can be hard sometimes to share our faith with people, but I want to ask you to be bold. If your coworkers don’t know you’re a Christian it’s time to let them know. Maybe it’s through sharing your testimony or maybe it’s through your lifestyle.
I want to challenge you to reach out to a “sick” person. Realize that everyone needs Jesus, especially those that don’t know him yet!
A Discussion about Fasting
36 Then Jesus gave them this illustration: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t even match the old garment.
It might not be an immediate transition, but our new life in Christ should look different than what our lives looked like before. Our friends should see that our new patch doesn’t match the old one. Put on your new garment and wear it with pride, wear it with confidence! Don’t think because you still sin that you aren’t a new creation either. God calls us to ask for forgiveness, not to dwell on our past sins. Be genuine in your forgiveness and he will wipe you slate clean.
Wake up tomorrow morning and physically put on your new garment! I know people who physically put on the physical armor of God. They put on their pretend helmet and pick up their invisible sword! Wear it with the confidence you have in Christ.