By definition a Christian is a ’follower of Christ.’ The first words Jesus spoke to Peter and Andrew as He walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee are the same words, He now speaks to you, the same words He has spoken to every other true disciple since He turned the water to wine. ~ “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me… They immediately left [their] nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4.18-20). God can’t lead you to the promise land if you insist to remain living in the same old neighborhood. One cannot enter into victory while at the same time persisting to live in the same things that cause defeat. God has a plan of victory and abundance for your life, but you cannot receive God’s plan while at the same time you refuse to do the things necessary to bring that abundance into your life.
Leaving all Behind
Just as Jesus called the disciples, God invites every man to leave the past behind, just so God has a new life of victory, blessing and prosperity prepared and waiting for each one of His children to possess. The brothers Peter and Andrew had a good life. Leaving all behind would not be easy, but they wanted more out life that simply being comfortable. They had a hunger burning deep within their hearts to know God, to serve Him and to enter into His divine plan for their lives. They knew that only by serving God would they be able to live free from the consequences of sin, save their families and attain to eternal. No man wants to enter into eternal death. The Bible says that God has put the desire for eternal life into the heart of every man. ~ “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3.11).
Much More than Money Alone
The disciples knew that the riches of God include much more than money alone. They knew that Satan was seeking to steal, kill and destroy everything they loved and valued. More than this, the sublime life of intimacy with God drew them on. ~ “But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking” (Luke 5.5,6).
God’s Perfect Plan
These two men were professional fishermen, yet they had struggled all night and had caught no fish. Ever since the Garden of Eden, when Adam committed the first sin, the earth has been cursed with poverty. Let’s have a look at what God said when man sinned in the book of Genesis. ~ “Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed [is] the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat [of] it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you [are], And to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3.17-19). God has promised to bless and prosper all who follow him. Decide today to follow the voice of the Good Shepherd into God’s perfect plan for your life and leave the old behind.
Mark 1.17 “Then Jesus said to them, “’Follow Me.’”
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