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Following Jesus

 

John15 7 Abide in me

 

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:7-8

 

Once, when I was speaking to a group of people on what it means to be a disciple, I tried to boil it down to its absolute essence–following Jesus. When the meeting was over, a woman from the audience came up to me and said, “You know, I had no idea it was so simple. We tend to complicate it.”

 

In Matthew 4:19, we find these words of Jesus to His first disciples: “Come, follow me,…and I will make you fishers of men.” What did that mean to the people who heard those words? It meant to remain close to Jesus every day, walking with Him, talking with Him, obeying Him, asking questions, learning from Him, being led by Him. The invitation was easily understood. The Lord wasn’t talking to the priests in their long robes in Jerusalem, He was speaking to some fishermen by the Sea of Galilee. And in Matthew 4:22, we read that Peter and Andrew “left the boat and their father and followed him.”

 

The word that summarizes all of this for you and me is the word fellowship. To live in fellowship with Christ means to move through the day in obedience to Him–seeking His will and not our own, loving Him and not the things of this world, spending time with Him in prayer, and reading His Word. It means to seek first the kingdom of God. And that’s the heart of the whole thing.

 

Prayer

Lord, as I spend time with You, help me to respond to Your leading in my life–every day. Amen.

To Ponder

If you are praying for God to teach you, are you willing to respond to what He directs?

(The Navigators)