Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Following Jesus

"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. And He said unto them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-19
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We can follow people in a lot of ways. We can follow them with our eyes; watching where they go and what they do. We can follow them with our legs; walking behind them or with them wherever they may go. Or we can follow them with our actions; taking their lead and emulating what they do.

Certainly when Jesus was here on earth, he had "followers" that fit all three categories; more in the first two than in the latter. There were some who who watched what He did when He came through during His earthly ministry. There were those who traveled to Him or behind Him to see what miracle He would perform or what truth He would share. Some times those crowds numbered in the thousands, but they included those who were waiting for a chance to criticize Him too. Then there were those few who were willing to give up their lives and their hearts to do what He did.

Jesus in calling His disciples said "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." He didn't say follow me and I will show you, or follow me and I will take you, but He said follow me and I will make you! For those few who were willing to truly follow Him, 12 at first, Jesus didn't just change their view or just change their location. He changed their lives to be more like His.

How are you following the Lord now? Are you just watching what He is doing in the lives of others? Are you just following Him to church to see what He might say or do? Or are you following Him with your life, allowing Him to change you into a disciple who goes out and makes other disciples?

Let's not just follow Jesus with our eyes to see what He's doing or follow Him with our legs to be where He's doing it. Let's follow Him with our hearts to BE what He is doing.

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