Personal encounters (Luke 5; Obadiah 1)

“After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth.  And he said to him. “Follow me.”  Luke 5:27

As I began my devotion time with Dr. John Joseph, I asked him the following question:  “What were the most important personal encounters of your life to this point?”  To which he replied, “The encounter with aliens as they delivered me to this family.”  In this moment we both laughed at this silly moment.  But very quickly we became serious as we thought about the many people who live their lives without ever embracing the gospel.  This means they never enter into a relationship with Christ.  Which means they are eternally lost.

Think it through:

In Luke 5 Jesus had 4 personal encounters with individuals:

1.  Jesus encounters Peter at work, Vs: 1-12

Here we see a move from weak faith to wonderful faith.  Peter leaves everything to follow Jesus.

2. Jesus engages a leper in the world, Vs: 13-16

Here we see a move from pleading faith to producing faith. Jesus heals this man.

3. Jesus encounters a paralytic in a home, Vs: 17-26

Here we see a move from sacrificial faith to salvation faith. His sins are forgiven.

4. Jesus encounters a tax collector in his work, Vs: 27-33

Here we see a move from zero faith to sold out faith. This man leaves everything to follow Jesus.

Question:  Has your personal encounters with Jesus changed your life?

Our response:

God has called each of us as His followers (Having a daily encounter with Him) to engage people in all walks of life with the simple gospel message that speaks of the encounters we are daily having with God.

This truth drives me to awaken to my need to daily encounter God through Bible study and prayer.

This truth drives me to awaken to my need to share the gospel with people who have never encountered God.

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