We can succeed if we obey God

Luke 5:9

Central Theme:  Obedience is the key to success with Jesus.

Introduction–Show a simple paper clip.  This was made by an inventor who was struggling with the big problems of his business.  But one day, sitting at his desk he found a piece of straight wire and he started to bend it.  Then he realized that it could be used to help papers stay together when he bent it in a certain way.  It was strong and it would work.  This inventor learned that sometimes it is the little things that make you very successful.  Have a member read Luke 5:9.

I.     Jesus got into a boat that was anchored on the shore.  Then told the boat owner–who was Simon and became Jesus’ disciple–to go into the deep part of the lake and fish (Luke 5:1-11).

A. Peter, James and John had worked all night and caught no fish but they obeyed.

B. They caught many fish.

C. Jesus told them that from that time, they would still be fishermen but they would catch men–not fish.  They would be fishers of men.

II.     Obedience must be in the little things.

A. As a child, the questions was “What if the communists came and took over our church. Would you deny Jesus?”

B. As an adult, I found that it was the little things that made me stumble.  It wasn’t the big things like denying Jesus when times were tough.

III.     All of the law of God can be wrapped up in 10 simple sentences–the 10 commandments.

1.  I wanted to do big things for the Lord but God required me to live a simple life.

2.  I was sure that my life would Count for God.

A.      It does but only when I obey in the simple things.

B.           Don’t cause confusion at work.

C.           Do the best you can in all your work.

D.      Be kind and considerate of other people.

Conclusion     Obedience gives us success with God.