“…then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him….” —Mark 1:17-18 (NKJV)

The account of Mark an Apostle of Jesus Christ gives a vivid example of what true followership should look like. We see our Lord Jesus Christ, meeting with Simon and Andrew who were fishermen, and He asked them to be a part of His mission. The Bible shows us that they left all they had, they left their jobs and they started a journey with Jesus Christ. In fact, the scripture didn’t show us that they had any resistance or objections, nor did they have another opinion of what they were supposed to be doing or who they would rather be. They just packed their things and started to follow Him. The funny thing about the disciples of Jesus Christ was the fact that they didn’t know where they were going. They had no beautiful places to sleep or rest, they were neither promised gold nor silver for following Jesus. All Jesus had to give them was the message of the kingdom, which they could not visibly see with their eyes or hold with their hands. But they believed His message, and followed Him, without wanting material gain. They loved and enjoyed being in the presence of the Lord and had no worldly desires, other than the salvation of their soul. The disciples of Jesus Christ took their focus off “self”, and focused on the work of the kingdom.

Sadly, you hardly find people who want to follow God in today’s world without getting anything in return.  The focus today is always on what they stand to get and at the end of the day, they lose out on true followership because of their desires for gain. How this is not how God wants you to live your life. As a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, you must make a conscious decision to follow without complaints or reluctance. Stop looking at what you are going to gain and just abandon yourself to the master. When you do that, the benefits are enormous because the master had said, “…there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for my sake and the gospel’s who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands…” Mark 10:29-30 (NKJV). Meaning, there is always a reward for following Jesus Christ, but that reward shouldn’t be your focus. Your focus should be on following the master wholeheartedly and every other thing you are looking for will fall in place. So, I admonish you to follow our Lord Jesus Christ without reluctance.

TODAY’S RHEMA

Don’t follow Christ because of what you want to get, follow Him because you love and appreciate Him!

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY

I thank you Father for the love that you have for me. I declare that I am not selfish and neither is the love I have for you self-seeking. I do not follow you because of what I can get but because of who you are to me. I declare that my relationship with you is more important to me than any other thing in this world in the name of Jesus. Amen!

Categories: September 2021

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