Come, follow me


My heart has been really struggling with trusting God’s plans and being joyful with the callings he has placed in my life. Questions of how, when, where, and why continue to flood my head and my heart.

Today, as I got ready for church I asked God to speak to my unbelief and struggling heart and as a faithful God, he spoke. Today’s message really encouraged me to be faithful in living a life that is glorifying and all-devoted to following Christ. I hope that by sharing my notes, you may also be challenged and encouraged to live a faithful life:

The message covered Mark 1:16-20:

As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea ​— ​for they were fishermen. “Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat putting their nets in order. Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Three aspects of a Servant’s call:

1) Jesus calls common everyday people to serve him!

God calls those who are actively doing what he has set before them to do. Sometimes it may feel like what you are currently doing is insignificant or very small; but if we can be faithful in the little he will call us to greater things.

Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.

Matthew 25:23

God calls us to follow him and leave everything and everyone to live for his kingdom!! This may seem radical and crazy but Jesus said:

Now great crowds were traveling with him. So he turned and said to them: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters ​— ​yes, and even his own life ​— ​he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:25-27

Have you ever thought about that? We must love Jesus so much, and be willing to follow him with all our hearts that everything else seems silly and unimportant compared to the calling he has placed in us!

God calls everyday people for his glory! He literally calls anyone he wants, and uses them to be glorified. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the Bible. Each book is full of inadequate, fearful, uneducated individuals; all of them sinners that depended completely on God to be able to speak to God’s people and carry our his mission for their lives. The thing these individuals had in common is that they were all willing to follow God! Personally, this bring so much joy and encouragement to my heart and soul (and I hope it does for you too). But the thought that the Lord God Almighty, Holy, Sovereign and Omnipotent would choose to use me, a sinful, fearful, doubting, weak and young girl; not because he needs me but because he wants to use me – is completely astonishing and humbling to me!

Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world ​— ​what is viewed as nothing ​— ​to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one may boast in his presence. It is from him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom from God for us ​— ​our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written: Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world ​— ​what is viewed as nothing ​— ​to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one may boast in his presence. It is from him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom from God for us ​— ​our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written:

2) Jesus initiates the calling!

“Come, follow me” is an imperative command, not a suggestion. – wow, had you ever thought about it like this? Before I heard this statement I think I believed I had an option of how I wanted my Christian life to look like. I thought I could decide if my life was going to be a 100% invested on the kingdom or only partially. The reality is that I am commanded to follow Christ wherever he leads and however it looks like. Now, I have the godly fear of not obeying and being faithful to God’s calling in my life; and I rejoice that he is the one that gives me the strength and the grace to obey him!! At this point, we are left with the decision of to obey or to not obey.

The thing that is hardest for me is that Jesus doesn’t say where we are going, how are we going to get there or what will be there once we are there… he just tells us to “follow him”. But I know that I can trust him and that anything he has planned is far far better than what I could even begin to imagine. Here is where I pray for him to increase my faith, love for him and willingness to follow him! I, like Paul, “am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” – Philippians 1:6.

3) Jesus call has a transformational impact!

Just like the gospel has a life changing effect in our lives, so does following his commands of following him. Personally, the biggest change I have seen by following these commands is that my eyes are set on eternity, and that impacts my daily life on earth. This helps me to understand that my life is not about me but is all about my Savior; and this informs each of our family decisions. Jesus also was clear about this:

Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

I want to leave you with this Brett McCracken quote: “I’d like to suggest that the Christian faith is inherently uncomfortable. To be a disciple of Jesus is to deny oneself (Matt. 16:24), to take up a cross (Luke 14:27), to be subject to persecution (John 15:20; 2 Tim. 3:12), to give up the creature comforts of home (Luke 9:58), to forsake the priority of family (Luke 9:59–62; 14:26), to be willing to give up all material possessions (Matt. 19:21; Luke 14:33), to be crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). And this is just the beginning”.

I pray that God continues to move my heart so that my anthem is:

“For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

Philippians 1:21

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