After Jesus finishes His talk, He says to Simon Peter, ‘Move out into the deep water and let down the nets for a catch.’
“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5)
As Simon Peter lets down his nets, the unthinkable happens. Waters that have been barren all night are suddenly teaming with fish. He calls to his partners to help—and still the fish come so that the two boats are overwhelmed, sinking with the catch.
‘When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken… (Luke 5:8-9)
Confronted with the Rule of God
Jesus did not just say, ‘Let down your nets’, He said, ‘Let down your nets for a catch.’ It was a word of Divine command, spoken by the King, and nature jumped to obey. In that moment, Simon Peter was confronted by the authority of the King and the reality of His Kingdom.
3 Truths of Kingdom Encounter
Kingdom encounter takes place when people are confronted with the reality of Jesus, His Kingship, and the rule of God. (Matt 12:28) Encounter is the calling card of the Kingdom and accompanies the message of the Gospel. ‘The King is here and you are invited to believe and join Him.’
Here are 3 truths about encountering the King and His Kingdom that I encourage you to meditate on this week:
1. We Serve a God of Encounter
An encounter implies a confrontation. It means coming face to face with someone or something. It may be an unexpected meeting.
We see in the Person of Jesus that it is in God’s nature to encounter humanity—people He loves and has died for. He is not sitting in the sidelines, inactive and invisible. It is also in the nature of the Holy Spirit to be visible—the Spirit who is within and upon us is a Spirit of encounter.
- Do I live in the expectancy of encountering God and seeing others encounter Him?
- Am I daily anticipating Divine intervention and answers to prayer?
2. Kingdom Encounter is for Everybody
Jesus demonstrated that Kingdom encounter is for every person, regardless of his or her past, or soul’s condition.
Those who came to Jesus were healed and set free—He didn’t wait for them to become disciples first. Repenting and following Jesus was often a result of the encounter, but not everyone responded.
On the day Jesus multiplied a boy’s lunch to feed a crowd of thousands, every person present received bread and fish from Jesus’ hands that day.
The generosity of the Father, revealed through Jesus, stirs us to believe in the abundance of what is available. God is not holding back—we are.
- Do I reflect the Father’s heart of generosity to people?
- Am I taking prayer and the power of God outside church meetings and into my home life, my workplace, neighbourhood or place of study?
3. We Should Never Stop Encountering The Kingdom
We can love people, we can help and serve people—but what sets the church apart from other charitable organisations is the power of God and the demonstration of His rule.
Encounter is not only the front line of the Kingdom of God’s advance—it is also a lifestyle. We have a relationship with the King of Kings! We are royal sons and daughters of God!
The outcome of following Jesus is that we look like Him and act like Him. The image of God is being restored in our lives. And part of that is that we ourselves become agents of encounter, exercising Kingdom authority to make a difference.
We can continually anticipate Divine intervention in our daily lives. As a result, we will continue to be fresh and excited in our faith.
- Am I expecting Divine interventions, evidence of the rule of God, in my daily life?
- Do I have a current testimony of God’s goodness? Am I fresh and excited about my faith?
- Am I open to God using me as an agent of Kingdom Encounter to others?
It’s Your Time for Kingdom Encounter
‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.’ (Eph 6:10-11)
If encountering the rule of God is God’s intention for us and for others, why aren’t we seeing His power expressed in our ministries and our contact with people around us, as much as we should be?
We are in a spiritual battle, and Kingdom encounter—the direct expression of the rule and authority of God—means engaging in spiritual warfare. As soon as we begin to exercise authority, we experience resistance and ‘push back’ from the enemy. This may take the form of discouragement, doubts or apathy.
When this happens, it is tempting to capitulate and to yield up our authority. It’s time to keep our eyes on the King and the prize!
Today, determine that you are not going to give up and you will not concede to the status quo, that you will rise up and be all you are created to be. Awaken to the fact that God is waiting to encounter you and that you are destined to be an agent of His encounter to others. Let Jesus astonish you and others around you.
© 2014 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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