September 13 Following Jesus

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:12–25

Key Verse: Matthew 4:19

He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

When Jesus called Peter and Andrew to be His disciples, all He said to them was, “Follow Me.” Peter and Andrew had heard Him teach before; that was not the first moment they had laid eyes on Jesus or heard what work He was about. Yet at the moment of calling, Jesus said only a few words.

The hearts of Peter and Andrew were already prepared to answer His call; they immediately left their nets and livelihood and went with Jesus. The two disciples had an extreme sensitivity to the Spirit of God. They were able to recognize the difference between God’s prompting and the urging of their hearts.

Peter and Andrew also possessed a mind-set of service. The New Testament had not yet been written, but their lives exemplified these verses about their Savior: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:5–7 nasb). They were ready to sacrifice anything for the cause of Christ, even the security of a known future as fishermen.

Jesus Christ gives you the same call: “Follow Me.” It does not matter where you are in life. All that matters is that you adapt your own plans to His.

Precious heavenly Father, two words have changed my life—Follow Me. I have heard the call. I am ready to respond. I will follow You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 268). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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