July 16, 2019

 


Chosen To Follow
Stephen Heleman

Follow Me

Matthew 4:18-22  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. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 

In the early days of His earthly ministry, Jesus called men to follow Him. Today, we are called to continue the work they started. The above scripture sheds some light on how Jesus selected his disciples, then and now. 

  • Jesus Didn't Choose The Best. Simon Peter and Andrew weren't highly educated men; they were ordinary men who worked in their family business.  God chose these ordinary men to demonstrate His power, that He can work through anyone. He also chose them to show that they, and we, have value. We don't have to have it all together, we just have to follow Him.
  • Jesus Chose Us First. He chose us before we even thought about sitting at His feet. Despite all of our faults, He wants us. God did not choose us because we are worthy, He chose us because He loves and values us. 
  • Jesus Chose Us To Be With Him. Following Jesus is not about a bunch of rules, or boxes to check. Following Jesus is about being with Jesus. While we may not be able to physically walk with Him, we can know Him through spending time in His word, talking with Him through prayer, and spending time with other people who love Jesus. The more time we spend with Jesus, the more we become like Him.
  • Jesus Chose Us To Leave Everything. When He called Simon Peter and Andrew, He asked them to leave their father and their lives as fishermen. While He may not ask most of us to leave our family and our career, we are invited to leave behind the mundane and enter a liberating life of purpose. Get out of your comfort zone and tell someone what God has done for you. Don't squeeze God in when it is convenient, give Him the best of your time, your talents and your treasure.
  • Jesus Chose Us To Help Others Know They Have Been Chosen. The heart of Jesus's calling is to fish for men. This is not a task just for the professionals, it is a calling for all of us. There is no such thing as a non-reproducing disciple. God wrote about His plan for us to share His Good News in John 15:8, Matthew 28:19-20, and Luke 19:10

For the next few weeks, I challenge you to think of one person you can commit to pray for, tell all or part of your story to, and invite to church. Two resources are available to help you; a printable bookmark with scriptures to read, or a daily prayer guide with scriptures. Who Is Your One?

DEMONSTRATE God’s love

DECLARE the Good News

DISCIPLE near and far

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