I’m No Expert
Posted: Monday, March 21
Verse of the day:
“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.” (Luke 5:5)
My head is filled with lofty goals. When I’m a pianist, I want to run the ivories with the technique of a Juilliard student. When I’m a vocalist, I want to serenade and wail and flip like the greatest voices of our time. When I write my online devos, I want to pen words like the sweet crisp of springtime . . . dancing . . . hitherto . . . forthcoming . . . metaphor . . . uh . . . as I said, I’m no expert.
When it comes to the far reaching aspects of our lives, most concede this point with ease. We attend sporting events to see the pros. We hire a CPA because we won’t risk prison on the shortcomings of our high school math education. There are other areas, however, that we hold more closely—tasks and skills that are at the core of our identity. Some of us HAVE been CPA’s for 20 years. Some of us have excelled in a skill for decades. It becomes something to stand on. It becomes our identity.
Simon Peter was an expert . . . or so he thought. Peter was a professional fisherman, and yet Jesus corrected him and sent him back. Jesus often walks into the office of our expertise and rearranges the furniture. He breaks the pride of our earthly accomplishments. Humility is like manna. We need a new supply ever day, and without it, we won’t survive.