18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Simon (Peter) and Andrew, James and John - ordinary fishermen - were asked to leave everything and follow Jesus.
"At once" they got up and followed him.
How their lives would change!
They would walk with Jesus for three years.
They would hear all His teaching, and grow in the knowledge of God.
They would see all His miracles, and find they could have power also.
Water into wine.
Stilling the storm.
Blind and lame healed.
Coin for taxes in fishes mouth.
They would pray for people and see them healed.
They would cast out demons.
Peter would get to walk on water, if only for a moment.
They saw Lazarus raised from the dead, and marveled.
Peter, James and John would get to see Jesus transfigured, radiating the glory of God.
Peter and John would be one of the first to see the empty grave where Jesus had been buried.
They would get to see the risen Christ walk right through a locked door and into their presence.
They would see the power of God fall at Pentecost just as Jesus has told them.
Peter would preach at Pentecost and 3,000 were saved at once.
In amazement, Peter would look on as an angel made the chains fall off and led him out of prison to freedom.
Jesus calls all of us to follow him as well. He requires it of us.
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Following Jesus is going wherever He leads us. It isn't a call to a particular thing, it is a call to follow Jesus wherever He leads for the rest of our lives.
He leads some into missionary work.
He leads some into teaching.
He leads some into musical work.
He leads some into pastoral work.
As a pastor, I have seen many miracles and answers to prayer.
I was given the privilege of planting a church, which is thriving today.
I was able to preach in Costa Rica, and see dozens at the alter.
I have seen hundreds of people come to Christ.
I am very excited about this website, "God's Word Is Flawless."
He leads some into an intense prayer ministry.
He leads some into a serving ministry.
He leads some into a medical ministry.
There are many, many paths in which He leads. But He does want to lead each of us.
There is no good excuse for not following Jesus.
"I have something else I need to do" is not a good excuse.
21 Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." 22 But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
The Lord Constantly Leads Us in Triumph as We Follow Him.
2 Corinthians 2:14
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
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