by Miles Seaborn

Dr. Miles Seaborn
Luke 5:5

Do you like cookies? I do, I think that my mother
baked the best sugar cookies in the world. She used
to bake them almost every day. By the time I got home
from school they would still be warm. Mother had an
old crock cookie jar where she kept the cookies. When
the lid was placed on it, there was a particular sound
that it made. Over a period of years I tried to learn
to take the cookie jar lid off, get some cookies and
place the lid back on without Mother hearing me. No
matter where she was in the house, she always heard
me, and then came judgement. Not until I was sixteen
did my persistence pay off. I finally mastered the
cookie jar. It paid off in cookies.

There is something worth far more than mother's
cookies in which our persistence will pay off if we
could but see it. Persistence will pay off with the
souls of men. Persistence in our effort to win a man
to Christ, will pay off with the winning of his soul
for Christ.

In the fifth chapter of Luke, Jesus gives us an
everlasting example of persistence.

In the early Galilean morning, as crowds pushed Jesus
back into the water, a group of fishermen sat in their
boats cleaning their nets. Jesus employed one of the
boats owned by one Simon Peter, to stand in, in order
to preach to the crowds. After the message, as the
crowds dispersed, the master turned to the fishermen
and asked them to launch out from shore a little way
and cast their nets into the sea. Simon, licking his
chapped lips and gesturing with his callused hands,
said "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have
taken nothing; nevertheless, at thy word I will let
down the net." We know the results, the old squeaky
pulley sang out, "There is fish in the net." So many
fish that the net began to break and the ship to sink.
Peter fell down at the feet of Jesus and confessed his
sinfulness and arose and followed his ...

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