Do you sense the Lord calling you unto Himself? Has the Lord been telling you to come up higher? Be rest assured, that the Lord
has a great agenda.
Lets look at an account in the book of Matthew:
Matthew 4: 18 - 22
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the
sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
When Jesus called Simon called Peter he was a fisher man. He had no idea what the response of his simple obedience by
following the Lord will bring. It was a process, but the process started when Peter said yes. If you notice, all of the above men called obeyed immediately. Verse 20 'They straightway left their nets and followed Him'. What a great response.
Ours is to obey the Lord, His is to work in us and do of His own good pleasure. If you notice verse 19 says, 'Follow me, and l will make you fishers on men'. We cannot make ourselves do anything, without the Lord. It is the Lord that makes us into
what He wants us to be. We simply have to co- operate with His workings within us. Philippians 2: 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
We all know the outcome of Peter. All the above men that followed the Lord became one of His twelve disciples. Today, their
names are written in the foundation of heaven:
Revelation 21: 14
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Peter wrote part of the bible and he did exploits for the Lord.
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of
Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
Is the Lord calling you? Do you feel a tugging in your heart? Yes, we must commit and pay the price to follow the Lord, but it is worth everything! No investment on earth can yield the reward that await those that obey Him. After all, the Lord gave all for us. Even if we were not going to get rewarded, He has done so much for us, and we should be willing to fully commit to Him. At the end of the day, He is the only one who died for us.
There is no greater joy than to be in the centre of Gods will for our lives. Is the Lord calling you? I am sure Peter when called as a fisherman had no idea where his destiny in Christ would led him too.
The Lord has great plans for you to be part of His army. It is a privilege and a honour to be called of the Lord. Don't hesitate! Nothing is worth trading it for, absolutely nothing. Just say yes, and follow the greater agenda!
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson