Follow Jesus

Luke 5:11   (KJV)   11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

When these apostles decided to follow Jesus, they forsook everything. Their call occurred just right after they brought their ships to land. What’s interesting is the fact that they just witnessed and experienced an astonishing miracle from the Lord. From not catching a luke-5-11-follow-jesussingle fish the night before, to catching so many that they needed help from another boat. Both boats were so full, they were on the verge of sinking.

It was after this eye-opening miracle that Peter recognized his sinfulness before Jesus. But now, another interesting part follows. Jesus called them and they left everything—that, I would presume, includes all the fish they caught. The miracle wasn’t a miracle of provision after all; it was a miracle of revelation and conviction: it revealed Jesus more; it revealed the true spiritual condition of Peter; and it convinced them that Jesus was worth leaving everything for.

God is a miracle working God, and yes, He’s worth following and forsaking everything for. Leaving everything sounds like a very huge sacrifice but it isn’t necessarily. He supplies all our needs according to His inexhaustible riches in glory. He does miracles so convincing that material provision no longer worries us. Our priorities change; we understand that even miracles, though they may answer our physical or material needs, serve a much deeper spiritual purpose: it leads us to a greater revelation of who our Lord is and a closer relationship with Him.

We joyfully follow Him: no retreat, no surrender, no regret.

Unforgotten Servant

Acts 28:21-22  (KJV)   21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.

God’s workers can find  themselves in a position where they’re seemingly alone, taken for granted, and forgotten. The silence of others in a middle of hardship doesn’t necessarily mean rejection, but silence itself may not really be the treatment either when encouragement and support is much needed.

Through reasons unknown, we may find ourselves seemingly lacking support from our co-workers. Yes, it would be great if we can receive communication from them that boosts our morale. It would be great if they would drop a good word about us here and there, but if they don’t, we ought to not be quick to conclude that they are not supportive of us. There are a million possibilities why. For all we know, they may be undergoing worse persecution or circumstance than we are. So, let’s keep serving the Lord – alone, or when submerged in overwhelming show of comforting presence or communications. And when we have opportunities, let’s make sure we become instruments of encouragement to each other.

Dear God Who never leaves us or forsakes us, with You, we’re really never alone. – In Jesus’ Name, amen.