As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9 (NLT)
Do you want to be my disciple? Yes, I want to be your disciple. What must I do since I want to be your disciple? That is a very good question. I have a very simple answer for you. If you want to be my disciple, you will follow me. Follow you, where will I follow you? You will follow me to wherever I lead. Will I know in advance where we are going? No, you will not. That will be a challenge. Why is that? I like to know where I am going. I like having a road map. I like to know my destination before I start my journey. You will have all those desires fulfilled as you follow me. How so? You are going to wherever I lead you. I will be your guide. I will be your road map. Your destination will be sure and certain. What is my destination? Your journey of following me will end in heaven. Heaven is your destination. Heaven is where you will come to live forever with me. That will be fantastic. You have no idea. It will be far better than you could possibly ever begin to think or imagine. I will be looking forward to that day. Yes, you will and that will be very good.
Being my disciple will require more than just following me. What else will being your disciple require of me? In addition to following me, you must also do what I ask of you. What will you ask of me? I will ask you to do thousands of things as you follow me. Some things, I will ask of you will be simple and easy to do. Other things, that I ask of you will be complicated and difficult to do. There will even be times when I will ask you to do what is impossible. Why would you do that? I want you to learn to trust me. I want you to place all your faith in me. I want you to come to rely on me rather than on yourself. I want you to live in a moment by moment intimate relationship with me. I want you to know that I am working in and through your life. I want you to know that I am allowing you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Will you do whatever I ask of you? Will you allow me to work in and through your life? Yes Lord, I will. You will be my follower. You will be my disciple. You will be my witness in the world. I am looking forward to my journey of following and serving you. That will be very good.
Lord, I will leave everything to be your follower. There is nothing from my old life I desire more than you. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. Change my life and make me to be your disciple as I follow you every day of my life. Amen
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