Daily Devotional
Seeing Yourself as You Truly Are

“But Simon answered and said to Him, ‘Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.’ And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’”

Luke 5:5-8

Ponder This

Brokenness follows bankruptcy. What is brokenness? It is when a person must discover and admit just who he or she is. Many people have never really seen this. For many, their greatest need is to see their need. Many sit in churches on Sunday mornings heady, haughty, and high-minded, thinking they’re doing God a wild favor by being there.

But there must be a discovery when we see who God is, and then we understand who we are. For example, Simon Peter was naturally an aggressive man. Simon Peter was a take-charge type of fellow. He was putting his foot in his mouth all the time. But Simon Peter one day had a glimpse of the majesty and the glory of Jesus Christ, and then do you know what he said? He said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” He finally saw his bankruptcy. When you open your eyes to see God for who He is—holy and perfect—you very quickly realize you are broken before Him. You start to see your need for a Savior.

  • When have you recognized your brokenness before God? How did you respond?
  • How can you regularly remember your greatest need is to be made right with God?

Practice This

Pray for the non-believers you know and ask God to show them their spiritual need of Him.


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