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. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 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. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22 (ESV)
Will you do what I am calling you to do? Will you go where I am leading you to go? Will you immediately drop everything you are doing to follow and serve me? Yes, I will do what you are asking me to do. Yes, I will go where you are asking me to go. I will immediately drop whatever I am doing to follow and serve you. That is very good.
So, you will not debate within yourself the merits of what I am asking of you? You will not carefully count the cost of your following and serving me? You will not doubt? You will not deliberate? You will not delay? You will follow me even when you are not exactly sure where I am leading you? You will do what I am asking of you even when you do not fully understand what fruit your labor might bear? My word will be enough? You will listen to my voice? You will hear my guidance? You will follow my instructions? Yes Lord, I will go wherever you guide me. Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me. I will immediately go and do your will. That is very good.
Did you think that your dropping everything to follow and serve me was a onetime event? I did drop everything from my old life to begin to follow you and serve you as my Savior and Lord. Yes, you did. That was when I first started dropping everything to follow and serve you. Yes, it was. What about now? What about today? I’m not sure what you mean. Will I interrupt your life? Will I ask you to change your plans? Will I ask you to go in a different direction? Yes, I am certain that you will. I invite you to interrupt my life. I welcome you to change my direction. I am sure that my life will consist of many moment by moment, ongoing and continual decisions to drop what I am doing to keep on following and serving you. I will listen to your voice. I will follow your leading. I will not hesitate. I will not deliberate. I will go when you ask me to go. I will do what you give me to do. It is my prayer that I will be able to know and do your will. That is very good.
Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. Thank you for pulling me out of my old life so I could begin to live my live with and for you. I will continue to drop everything to follow and serve you. Use me to be a fisher of people who will also come to follow you. Amen
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