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KARYSSA WILLIAMS

DISCIPLESHIP

Mark 1:16-18

As he was going along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

 Throughout the Gospels we hear the call to follow Jesus. But so many times we think that in order to do so we have to earn it, we have to be worthy enough. Maybe you feel like God is calling you to follow him onto the mission field but you think, “I can’t do that yet; I’m not a good enough Christian; my life isn’t in order.” Or maybe it’s to follow him and love people through a homeless ministry, but you think that you’re not capable yet to follow God there. You think you need just a little more Bible training or you need to be just a little more right with God.

Look at the verse above. Jesus asked Simon and Andrew to follow him and it says they immediately left their nets and followed. They didn’t tell Jesus they weren’t ready or worthy, they didn’t say wait a few weeks, they followed right then and there, no questions asked. So many times we feel like we have to earn our right to follow Jesus, but Jesus just wants us to be with him. It’s not about how much you know, what you do, where you go, who you serve, it’s about resting in God’s presence and seeking him. We are all broken and flawed and we will never be perfect, but it’s the flawed and broken people that Jesus wants. Drop your burdens and follow.

QUESTION 1. Do you feel unworthy to follow Jesus because of past or current sins or because you aren’t spiritually knowledgeable enough?
QUESTION 2. If Jesus showed up in your room right now and said, “Follow me,” what excuses would you make? Or would you say yes right here and now?
CHALLENGE: When you hear God saying, “Come follow me,” drop everything and follow. It’s as simple as that.