Jesus sought out people prepared to do more than just believe in Him—He wanted people willing to follow Him. His early ministry was marked by people like Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathaniel (see John 1:35-52): people willing to leave where they were and what they owned in order to follow Him. Jesus called people to a life of radical commitment. When He said to them, "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Mark 8:34). No half-measures, but a willingness to follow Him full-time. Trusting in Jesus will get you into heaven, but nothing less than following Him daily will make you useful in His kingdom on earth. Three different men told Jesus, "I'll follow you, Lord" (Luke 9:61), but they weren't willing to give up the priorities of their old lives (see v. 62). And Jesus responded with this powerful metaphor: 'Anyone who puts his hand to the plough and...looks behind him is useless for the kingdom of God." Following Jesus means whatever is back there, stays back there—old hang-ups, attachments, and lifestyles. You can't plow the straight furrow of discipleship looking back at the past. Don't let the gravitational pull of past failure, guilt, fear, shame, betrayal, loss, abuse, rejection, resentment, and unforgiveness ruin your future. Cut the cord; join those willing to 'follow the Lamb wherever He goes' (Revelation 14:4).
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me." (Psalm 138:7)
Fear not the troubled paths of your life. Give no concern to the sundry evils that press in upon you. Give your entire focus to the pursuit of the interests of the heavenly kingdom. Ever will the Shepherd protect His sheep. Ever will the King of all watch over the ways of His subjects. O believer, be not dismayed for neither shall you faint in weariness nor fall to the missiles of the enemy. Trust in Almighty God and proclaim the peace of His hand!
Week #44 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 34-36
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 29-32
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 125-127
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 3-4
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zephaniah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 11-12
Saturday: (Letters) James 4-5