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The Invitation to Follow

In Luke 5, we read about the invitation that Jesus issued to the first disciples.

Crowds had gathered to listen to Jesus. The night before, Peter and his friends had worked hard fishing, but they caught nothing. Jesus got into one of the boats and asked Peter to take him out where the water was deeper and let down the nets.

Peter decided to follow Jesus’ instructions, because Jesus said so - and Peter let the nets down again. The Lord performs a miracle and fills Peter’s net with fish – so much so that Peter needs help to retrieve the fish.

“When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” Jesus was not deterred but replied to Simon “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” When they landed, Peter left everything and followed Jesus.

Peter said yes and followed, but His decision was only the beginning of an adventure that lasted a lifetime.

A few chapters later in Luke 9:23,24, Jesus qualifies the invitation…

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”

Jesus will not force us follow Him; however, He is saying that if you want to be my follower – then I make you a promise. You think by preserving your life you will find fulfillment, but Jesus says that if you follow Me, you will discover that the exact opposite is true.

If anyone wants to be …implies choice – choice with profound ramifications – despite personal decision, there are consequences– so choose wisely. My husband articulates this concept well: “If I want to live I have to freely choose to die.” Jesus doesn’t force us – our decision must be an act of our will – not influenced by how we feel. The invitation is for everyone: rich or poor, young or old, male or female, for the learned or unlearned.

What is your choice?

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Donna Mitchell has been serving with Power to Change since 2005, leading the ministry of Connecting Streams in Edmonton, Alberta. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to reach their world for Christ.

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