Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 4:18 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.
Mat 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Mat 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Mat 4:21 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.
Mat 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
first we see that Jesus preached repentance. Anyone who denies that they are not required to repent but say they love the Lord, they are not speaking the truth and not living in the light of God, because the light of God said to REPENT.
Next, we see here a scene of some men. regular men, doing their regular routine. and Jesus called out to them, Follow Me. Simply put, Follow me. and verse 22 says – IMMEDIATLY they left and followed. let me say it more detailed, immediately they left their FATHER and followed him. When he called they followed, leaving it all behind. Nets, their family, their life.
So lately the devil has been trying to hinder me. pulling me saying – u are neglecting your family. you are so busy with church stuff, that they are talking about you, “.. how you can do all this for God, all this for Christ, all this for the church – and we are sitting here and you can even make time to do anything for us.”
In the bible. Jesus said, He who loves his father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. (Matt 10:37) He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. (matt 10:38)
And so when Simon Peter and Andrew heard the call of Christ, they followed. When James and John heard the call they followed. I have heard the call – and ive followed. i will follow, where so ever he leads. i will take the cross of rejection, shame and ridicule – and i will follow Christ down the straight and narrow path with him by my side.
Now granted at the cost of some. i will have to choose to leave behind people, and things. But if they are left its only by their choice because this call is given to all. Anyone can choose to follow Christ, it is not Gods will that ANY should perish but that all would come in to repentance. (2Peter 3:9) yeah back to that repentance thing. thats what it takes, repent from your sins. and its drilled into certain denominations repentance, turn from your sins – but they dont do it and they thing they are ok. back to that old lie of satan “you shall not surely die..” yeah you surely will if u are living in sin.
but thats not my point. my point is that i have choosen to follow. and if you are going to be upset, or if u feel neglected, know that it is by your own choice. because the same call i heard – is being called out to you. and he so deeply desires to have you follow. he so deeply desired to give you new life. (Rom 6:4) He desires for you to be pulled from darkness, translated into his Glorious light, into the kingdom of his Son. (Col 1:3) He wants us all to have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16)that we might all glorify the father (matt 5:16) and live so abundantly (john 10:10) that our joy and love overflows. (1 pe 1:8)