The Daily Inspiration of Jesus Christ (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

This is a study revealing how we Christians can allow the principles of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, into our daily lives so that his teachings motivate our daily thoughts, and his inspiration can become our rescue in times of need. Following is an example from the Gospel of Luke wherein we learn how Peter learned to allow the daily inspiration of Jesus Christ into his heart, giving us a vivid example of how we can allow the written Word to nourish and strengthen our souls.

Luke 5:4:
Now when he {Jesus} had left speaking {the Word of God}, he said unto Simon {Peter}, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

To set this morning scene for you, Jesus had been sitting in a fishing boat and teaching the Word of God to a multitude of people. There were so many people that Jesus went out a little way from the shore where the acoustical sound over the lake must have carried his voice quite well as he expounded divine truths. Then after Jesus had finished teaching, he asked Peter to launch out further and let down his nets so they could haul in a load of fish.

There are stories, and maybe you have heard some of them, about Peter and the other Apostles quitting their career trades and at full throttle began pursuing after Jesus, come hell or high water. Well, Peter was still fishing with his partners here in the Gospel of Luke, and still walking with Jesus. How else did Peter have the funds for supporting himself, his family’s home, his wife, and even his mother in-law who lived with him (Luke 4:38)? One cannot sustain himself without some kind of employment, and Peter was a fisherman, a noble profession, and we, like Peter may also walk with Jesus and carry on with our careers. Jesus Christ is with us wherever we are, and he is with us in whatever we do to support ourselves.

There needs to be a balance in life while we are walking with Jesus, or the scales will tip and things will not go as smooth as they should. Peter set a wonderful example and worked to support his physical needs rather than solely living off the charity of others, while God continued to bless him. Even towards the end of the Gospels, after Jesus was raised up from the dead, Peter and his partners were still fishing (John 21:1-8), and still walked with the daily inspiration of Jesus Christ.

In the example we are looking at in Luke’s Gospel, we see how Peter recognized Jesus as a wonderful teacher during the meeting, yet when the meeting was over, Peter left Jesus’ teaching and inspiration behind at the shore, and let us notice the result that followed.

Luke 5:5:
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled {worked, fished} all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

Peter told Jesus that the previous night’s fishing expedition was a waste of time and grudgingly Peter said, nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. When Jesus spoke to Peter he was speaking the Word of God to him (John 14:23-24; 15:15), but Peter felt that he was the expert when it came to fishing; after all, was it “only a carpenter” who told Peter what to do? No, it was the Son of God, who in Scripture is the inspiration and guidance of the human heart. It is he who leads and directs and lights our life’s path to the way our heavenly Father desires for His children to follow. “I am the light of the world {says Jesus, and}: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Notice what Peter did with Jesus’ instructions. Jesus said, let down your nets (plural), but what did Peter do? He let down a net (singular).

Peter literally had the opportunity to take Jesus Christ with him to work and to take his word at face value. Can you imagine the awesome blessing of having Jesus sitting beside Peter in his boat? Today in God’s grace we have Christ within (Colossians 1:27), and he does reveal God to our minds whenever and wherever we allow him and his inspiration into our hearts and life’s endeavors.

Luke 5:6-7:
-6: And when they had this done {the letting down of the net}, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net break {because they did not use their nets as instructed by Jesus}.
-7: And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Proverbs 3:6 comes to mind: “In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” No matter what we do for a living, or where we are at any moment, we can carry God’s healing Word and its inspiration with us to become successful. Jesus Christ reveals God to our hearts, and as we allow Jesus into our daily lives, the greater he reveals his Father’s will and His direction to us.

Luke 5:8-10:
-8: When Simon Peter saw it {recognized that Jesus was right}, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
-9: For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
-10: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Peter immediately knew that he was wrong, he knew that even with Jesus in his boat, sitting at his side, he did not allow the words of his Savior’s inspiration to filter down into his actions.

Peter, to his credit, realized that he was just a man, one that was not perfect, and like any other, a sinful man.

Jesus, to his praise, did not condemn Peter (or throw him out of the boat), but rather encouraged him that he most definitely would have better days, more opportunity to believe the Word that Jesus would continue revealing to him.

Jesus’ words of comfort still rings true for us: fear not, because we are dearly loved by God and by His Son Jesus Christ. So today, as we continue living our lives to the best of our abilities, let us continue walking with our Savior and allow him and his inspiration into our lives. Then watch God work miraculous things for us as we believe and act on the inner inspiration emanating from the words of our Savior for which we have purposely made room in our hearts.

When we allow the Savior’s words of comfort and inner peace to be at home in our minds, his words can inspire us to be the best in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in our life’s endeavors. When we allow the Master Teacher into our hearts — his words will become our thoughts (our inner consciousness) as his inspiration will be with us in our time of need, and this is the how of utilizing the daily inspirations we receive from Jesus Christ.

Serenity Now – and Then

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also– Matthew 6:21. When we are thinking about God and His wonderful Word, our hearts will be right-on with God’s thoughts, which are His treasures. Nobody walks around continuously thinking about God and His Word (for we are not perfect); however, we can at least have precious moments of serenity throughout the day that can help us to remember God and His many promises to us.” ~LMJ~

His Glorious Body – Our Future Hope

“Jesus’ body on the cross shed blood profusely; his body contained the perfect redeeming blood (Hebrews 2:14, I Peter 1:18–19), as Judas said I have betrayed the innocent blood– Matthew 27:4, but something amazing happened when he was raised from the sepulcher. His followers thought that if he was ever to be raised, then he would become a spirit (as in ghostly looking) because when they first saw him, they supposed that they had seen a spirit– Luke 24:37. Things have not changed much as most people nowadays suppose that anyone raised from the dead is a ghostly spirit. Now notice what Jesus was missing as well as what he still had when he presented himself to his disciples proving that he was not simply a spirit, Behold my hands and my feet {where the spikes passed through}, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have– Luke 24:39. Yes, he was a spiritual being, but one without any blood and still having flesh and bones and in this form he was raised in the likeness and image of God. Jesus was in the express image of his {God’s} person– Hebrews 1:3, just as we will be with our new bodies. Even now in grace we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones– Ephesians 5:30, but we have no part in his blood, for he has none, his blood was shed for our eternal redemption (Ephesians 1:7, 2:13, and I Peter 1:18-19). There is a natural body, and there is {or there will be} a spiritual body {with flesh and bones}- I Corinthians 15:44, perfect – eternal – heavenly – Christ-like in every detail ― fashioned like unto his glorious body– Philippians 3:21, awakened perfectly in his likeness! As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness– Psalms 17:15.” ~LMJ~

A Case for Godliness

“I Timothy 4:8 records, For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. Bodily exercise profiteth little means that it primarily benefits oneself, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Godliness is having a meaningful relationship with God as our heavenly Father.

Godliness is enjoying the renewed mind, being spiritually fit.

Godliness is learning how to be in Christ as an athlete of the spiritual realm.

Godliness is proving the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God- (Romans 12:2), which brings profit into a believer’s heart, a heart that can then reach out of themselves and help others with God’s Word.

Godliness is profitable, not only at any age in this life, but will be beneficial through all eternity. Everlasting rewards will be received by a life lived in godliness, and thus, I Timothy 6:6 expresses, godliness with contentment is great gain.” ~LMJ~