1 – Character
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2)
Big Idea: If all we focus on is how we measure up, we will never be able to have a relationship with Jesus. But if we take our eyes off of ourselves, and begin to look at Jesus, He can show us what a relationship with Him will do for us.
“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. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 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. Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” 5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again. And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. 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.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.” (Luke 5:1-10)
Jesus didn’t want a relationship with Peter because of anything Peter could offer Him, and Jesus doesn’t want a relationship with you because of anything that you can offer Him.
1. Listen for Jesus’ voice and answer His call.
“Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.” (Luke 5:10-11)
2. Watch your life change from the inside out.
3. Live out of your new identity.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” (Ephesians 1:4-6)
- Have you ever taken your eyes off of something, and then paid the price because you weren’t paying attention? Explain.
- What does it mean to “fix our eyes on Jesus?”
- Have you ever felt like you weren’t “good enough” to be around Jesus? If so, why?
- Why are so many of us scared to “fully commit” to Jesus?
- What are you looking at? What are you most focused on right now?
- How can we help each other focus on Jesus?