As we read through the Gospels, we see examples of persons who had major obstacles in their lives that blinded them from seeing the benefits of following Jesus and becoming his disciple. Simon Peter was a very successful fisherman. It only took one encounter with Jesus, when they invited Him to go fishing with them, and they caught the largest number of fish which totally changed their history of fishing. The result was that “they left everything and followed Him” (Luke 5:11).
The story does not end so well with the young man who asked Jesus, “what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16). After some conversation over keeping the Law of Moses, which the young man said he had done, Jesus tells him; “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow Me” (19:21).
Was the real issue the young man’s possessions? No! It was personal surrender of his life to Jesus. The “come follow Me” part was just too much, considering his “great possessions.”
If we really want to follow Jesus and be a true disciple who makes other disciples, we must be willing for the “follow Me” part of His requirement. It will be a learning process, but it begins with giving Him everything. Jesus told Peter and Andrew, “And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”” (Matthew 4:19). Becoming an effective, productive, multiplying, fruitful disciple, begins with a close walk with Jesus. You may need to remove some obstacles so you NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF HIM!
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