“[Jesus] said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”” (Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17).
We saw yesterday that one of the greatest tests to commitment is whether we value a relationship with Jesus above everything else. It is easy for us to say a resounding “YES” until that commitment is put to the test of material things. Would we live and serve whole heartedly for Jesus if we had no promise of money, no place to sleep, and no supply of food? Would we continue preaching the Gospel with fervent passion if we were never paid by any church or denominational organization?
Jesus promised none of these material things when He called His disciples to follow Him. Luke records that when Jesus called them in Luke 5:4-11, “they left everything and followed Him” (11). No questions were asked about what they left behind, who would take care of it, where would their meals come from, and many other questions that could be asked. The person of Jesus and the power of His call was all that was needed. Inherent in His call was an understanding that what was needed would be supplied. When the disciples were sent out to preach, they returned and Jesus asked them, “did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing” (Luke 22 35).
Do you see the problem we have? I am appalled at the requests we receive in many parts of the world for money and material things, but the desire for a stronger relationship with the Lord, a greater understanding of the Word of God, and a longing for the power of the Holy Spirit to work is not there. Why is this? Please do not misunderstand me, this is not everywhere, but it is more common than we think. We need to RETURN to the call of Jesus. HE is the reason for the call.
Tomorrow we will look at the rewards of commitment. Do not let this escape your attention!
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