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Matthew 4:18-22

Follow Me

18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

When Moses was called by God to lead Israel and to confront the Pharaoh, he complained that he was not qualified. David volunteered to fight Goliath and many thought him to be ill equipped. Gideon had a mighty army assembled, but God reduced its numbers so that they had little chance of victory.

The Bible is full of stories about people who could have said, "I can't!" Yet, we must understand that it is not human effort that accomplishes great things, but the power of a sovereign God.

Jesus walked the shores of Galilee looking for a few good men. Had He been a modern politician, the news media would have been highly critical of His choices. He was looking for twelve men who would change the course of history, call people into the kingdom of God, build an international church, and write the scriptures that would guide hundreds of millions of people in their daily lives. He began by choosing four fishermen.

Fishermen were among the lowest esteemed of all the tradesmen. They were considered to be dull and uneducated people. Spending much time alone on the waters, they probably did not mix well with society. Of all the people whom Jesus could have chosen, these four had the greatest reasons to say, "Sorry, Lord, but I can't!"

"Follow me, and I will makeyou...." These are the most neglected words in the Bible. "I will make you.." Jesus said. When God calls us to be part of His church, He knows, not only that we are incompetent to do what He wants, but that we are also spiritually unfit to do it. His promise however is, "I will make you..." There are no self-made Christians, no self-made preachers, no self-made choir members, nor sound technicians, nor worship leaders, nor deacons, nor anyone else in God's church. If you are a Christian, you are Jesus made.

The question is, "Will you follow?"

It pains me to read some of the letters that come through my news groups from worship leaders. They frequently struggle with this concept. They want to have the best choir possible, because they believe that God deserves the very best, and He does. But they fail to see that only He can provide the talent. So, they audition people for their choir, politely rejecting those whom they believe can't sing well enough.

Those who have answered God's call to sing His praises and who have faith enough to let Him provide the talent are rejected. I want to tell you that the best choir could have been made up of only those rejects. It would have been a Jesus made choir and there would be no limits to what it could accomplish.

Jesus said "Follow me..." and these men left everything, their nets, their ships, their families, their homes and their only means of support, to do something they were totally incapable of doing. They followed in faith. They made no excuses, asked for no time to prepare, did not hesitate, asked no questions, and never showed a shadow of doubt that what they were doing was right.

"Follow me!" is His call to you right now. What are your excuses? Are you willing to let Him make you into what he wants you to be? Then pray, "Yeah, Lord, I'm coming. Show me the way." Then, go.

Before The Throne:

Lay all your excuses at the foot of the throne and ask God to forgive you for even thinking of them. Confess that all good works are of Him and by Him and are not dependent on your abilities. Praise Him for calling you to follow Him. What a privilege it is to be chosen by the King of kings to serve on His mission team. Be prepared to go wherever He sends you.

For Further Study:

** walking. Matt 1:16-18; Luke 5:2; ** sea. Matt 15:29; Num 34:11; Deut 3:17; ** Chinnereth. Lu 5:1; ** lake of Gennesaret. John 6:1; John 21:1; ** sea of Tiberias. two. Matt 10:2; Luke 6:14; John 1:40-42; John 6:8; ** for. Exod 3:1, 10; Judg 6:11-12; 1Kgs 19:19-21; Ps 78:70-72; Amos 7:14-15; 1Co 1:27-29;

(v.19) ** Follow. Matt 8:22; Matt 9:9; Matt 16:24; Matt 19:21; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27; Luke 9:59; John 1:43; John 12:26; Joh 21:22; ** I will. Ezek 47:9-10; Mark 1:17-18; Luke 5:10-11; 1Cor 9:20-22; 2Cor 12:16;

(v.20) ** Matt 10:37; Matt 19:27; 1Kgs 19:21; Ps 119:60; Mark 10:28-31; Luke 18:28-30; Ga 1:16;

(v.21) ** other. Matt 10:2; Matt 17:1; Matt 20:20-21; Matt 26:37; Mark 1:19-20; Mark 3:17; Mark 5:37; Luke 5:10-11; John 21:2; Acts 12:2;

(v.22) ** Matt 10:37; Deut 33:9-10; Mark 1:20; Luke 9:59-60; Luke 14:26, 33; 2Cor 5:16;


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