Who Believes in You

Many times as we look at scripture and learn about the things we are suppose to do when we become a follow of Jesus, we get a little intimidated.  However, something we may not hear enough is that God believes in us, that we can make the right choices in every situation.  Let me explain.

In Matthew 4:18-20, ”  As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.”

In other passages of scripture, it says that God calls each of us to come and follow him.  This typically does not seem like a big deal, however, it is huge.  This might be a little difficult to follow but hang in there with me.  You see, Jesus was a Jew, and a Jewish Rabbi at that.  In Jesus’s day all children went to school at the age of around 5 and learned to memorize the first 5 books of the bible.  Yeah, the whole thing, crazy I know.  Now they also learned about the books they memorized and what they meant.  Then the best of those kids moved on to the next level of education to learn about and memorize the rest of the Old Testament.  Of these kids the ones who were the best of the best went on to try and become a disciple of a Rabbi.  Then around the age of 11-13, the Rabbi would drill these kids with questions like the SAT on steroids.  The rabbi would then make a decision about who would be his disciple, and the question was like this.  “Can this kid be like me, can he do what I do, can he teach like I teach, can he be like me?”  If the Rabbi thought this kid could, he would look at the kid and say, “Come follow me”.

Ok are you still with me, here is the thing; Jesus was a Jewish rabbi himself and he knew the significance of those words coming from a rabbi, and the people he came across would know the meaning also since they were Jewish as well.  So Jesus walks up to some fishermen, two guys who obviously were not the best of the best of the best because they failed out of the education system long ago and were now fishermen.  But Jesus walks up to these two normal guys and tells them, “Come, follow me”.  Or in other words, he told them, I think you can be like me, I think you can do what I do.  These are the words every young man dreamed of hearing a Rabbi say to them, that is why they dropped their nets and followed him.

You and I are just like Simon and Andrew, Jesus is calling to each of us saying, “Come, follow me”.  He is saying, if you put your faith in me, if you believe in me, if you follow me (commit your life to me), I believe that you can be like me and do what I do.  Wow, how powerful is that.  It seems so difficult in today’s world to do the things we talk about each day, to make right choices in all the things we do, to be positive, to be kind, to not speak ill about others, to not complain, but to be thankful.  And the best part is that God believes we can do it, he gives us the power to do it, and he has called us to do it.  Did you know that God is not sitting up there somewhere waiting to punish you, but he is sitting up there somewhere hoping you will make the right choices in life because he knows you can.  He has called you to be his disciple, will you come and follow him?  The choice is yours, now live as you have been called to live. 

This has changed my life, and I hope it will have a positive impact on yours. 

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