“Take the boat into deep water, and lower your nets to catch some fish” (Luke 5:4). We need to go deeper with God, if we are to bring others to Him. We see this in the ministry of Jesus – “Large crowds gathered to hear Him and have their diseases cured. But He would go away to places where He could be alone for prayer” (Luke 5:15-16).

“Praising God, he (the healed man) went home” (Luke 5:25). “Everyone was amazed and praised God” (Luke 5:26). One man praising God, many people praising God – praise leads to more praise. Personal praise and corporate praise – we need both: praise that arises in my heart when I think of all that the Lord has done for me, praise that grows stronger when I gather together, with others, for worship.

“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? ” (Luke 5:30). The Lord’s Supper is for sinners. When we sit with the Lord, at His Table, what we’re saying is this: ‘I’m a sinner. I need a Saviour.’ What does Jesus say to us? He says, ‘Yes. You are a sinner – and Yes. I am your Saviour.’ This is Good News – the Good News of salvation. Jesus says, “I’ve come to call sinners to change the way they think and act” (Luke 5:32). When Jesus calls us to Himself, He doesn’t leave us the way He found us. He changes us – from the inside, to the outside.

The contrast between the old and the new – What are we to take from these parables (Luke 5:33-39)? In the spiritual life, it’s the new life that’s better than the old life. when we have begun to live the new life in Christ, the old life loses its attraction. We’re learning to see things through the eyes of Christ – to desire more of Him, and less of the world, more of the new life, and less of the old life.