How easy is it to follow the Lord. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself take up his cross and follow me.” Luke 9. When Jesus started out, he was looking for men that were to become the pillars of the church. He did not go to Jerusalem, he went to the shores of the sea of Galilee. There he found Andrew, Peter, James and John. Four men, all gainfully employed, simply walked away from all they knew to follow the son of God. In the days to come, these men were able to share time, trials, meals and their hearts with the one true God.
They were the first to experience a personal relationship with God. Until that time, God had a relationship directly with prophets, priests and kings. Now he would begin building personal relationships with folks like us. The question is– are we willing to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. Would we walk away from our worldly life. Would we submit to his plan and leadership. Andrew, Peter, James and John left everything. In exchange, they were a part of something that changed the world. Jesus wants us at all costs—help me Lord to follow you the same way.
God Bless You
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.