“And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”
In the Bible reference above, Jesus called a group of men to abandon their secular business and follow Him. The Bible says in verse 18, “And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.” In other words, they obeyed Him immediately. They didn’t think twice about it.
That was the beginning of their transformation. The Bible tells us of the exceptional works they did later on in life. This was because they made the right choice to follow Jesus.
In Mark 5:1-11, Jesus asked Simon to let Him use his ship to teach the people, and he obliged. In verse 4, “When he finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down your nets for a catch.” Jesus told Simon to cast his net into the sea, and even though he first told Jesus of their struggle to make a catch, he obeyed. He caught so much that he reached out to his partners to help him, and their ships were so filled that they began to sink.
If you take a close look at that verse 5, Simon had already told Jesus that they had toiled all night but with no success. But when they allowed Jesus, they weren’t put to shame. Instead, he knelt before Him and wept, ashamed and sober. Jesus then told him that he would make them fishers of men. Instantly, Simon and all his partners abandoned their ships and followed Jesus. Isn’t that amazing?
See, your business partners may fail; your spiritual accountability partner might fail too; your marital partner can fail you, but no one who partners with Jesus can ever be disappointed because He’s too faithful to fail. Therefore, it is a profitable thing to follow Jesus.
Today, Jesus is expecting men to follow Him. He is not even saying we should abandon our secular jobs. In fact, in that your job, you can still do His work. All He wants us to do is to give our hearts to Him.
Some people are still delaying. If you are one of them, you want to change your mind today. It is never a wrong choice to follow Jesus. So why delay? You can never follow Jesus and regret it. Instead, you will realise you’ve made the best choice in life when you give Him your life wholeheartedly.
Today, this minute, partner with that Jesus who can never fail; tomorrow may be too late.
1) Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me. I have delayed responding to your call. I have kept you waiting for so long. Forgive me today as I partner with you in Jesus’ name.
2) Holy Spirit, in my partnership with Jesus, I will not look back. Please help me to focus on my eternal destination. Help me to avoid seeking early gratification in following Jesus.
3) Pray for the entire body of Christ; that we return to our first assignment in fishing men for Christ.
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