Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Matthew 4:18–20 (ESV): "18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him."
It's one thing to say you follow Jesus and an entirely different thing to do it. Following Jesus means leaving all else behind and walking in His will completely. It's means being crucified with Him, it's no longer you who lives but Christ who lives in You (Gal 2:20).
When Jesus called Peter and Andrew they were fishing for a living. He said to them, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men." They left their nets to follow Him. When Jesus called James and John to follow Him they too were fishermen along with their father. They also left their boat and their father to follow.
Jesus requires all or nothing. Following Him means leaving everything else behind. There are so many that hear the call to follow but are unwilling to give up all for the Lord. He will not commission half-hearted followers. You must be all in! Have you left all to become His disciple? If there is anything or anyone more important to you than Jesus you are not worthy to be His disciple. Leave it all behind and crown Him King of your life and you will be a genuine follower of Jesus, amen?
Father, we praise Your holy name for loving and calling us to Yourself. What a privilege to be invited to follow Jesus. May we relinquish all holding nothing back as we follow. Keep us in the center of Your will we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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