A few weekends ago, I had the privilege to lead worship for a women’s retreat for a friend’s church up in the Chicago area. I spent time planning worship sets and preparing for the retreat, but in all honesty, I wasn’t going with the expectation of getting anything out of it. I was just doing it as a favor for my friend, and I was REALLY excited to meet her 5-day-old baby!

Saturday morning came early, and by the time the day was over, I was surprised by how blessed by the day I was! Not only did I get to spend some quality time catching up with this friend, but I also got to spend the day getting to know and worship with some amazing women, and hear an incredible speaker.

Something that I took away from the retreat that I keep coming back to is the idea of being set apart, which was the topic of the first session of the day. The speaker used Luke 5 to talk through her point. One of the things that stuck out to me was the fact that Simon did exactly what Jesus told him to, even though it didn’t make sense. Luke 5:4-5 says this:
4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.

Simon tells Jesus they had fished all night with nothing to show for it, yet AT HIS WORD, he dropped the nets. Because Jesus said to, Simon followed his command, surrendered to His call and in return got more than He ever expected! Verses 8-9 go on to tell us his reaction:
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken,

When we are set apart for God, He will always expect us to do exactly what He says, even when it doesn’t make sense. When we do, He will always surprise us with more than we ever expect.

When we are set apart for God, He will always invite us to go deeper than we ever have. He will challenge us to step outside our comfort zone, even if it doesn’t make sense. When we do, He will always show up in that place.

When we are set apart for God, He will always lead us to a place of surrender, where we have no choice but to rely on the Spirit.

This week, I challenge you to think about how God has set you apart for Him. Might He be calling you to go deeper, or step outside your comfort zone? Will you answer His call, rely on the Spirit, and walk with Him even when it doesn’t make sense to you?

Lynsi Stewart

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