Trusting Tuesdays: Follow the Leader
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:19-20 (NKJ)
I remember those times when I was a child and played “Follow the Leader.” Whoever got chosen to be the leader was always the creative and brave one. No follower seemed to mind following the leader. The leader would take us around the playground or backyard, doing silly activities through bushes, under branches, up the courtyard, and over the fence, and anywhere that seemed to allow followers to have fun. Now that I think about it, being a follower wasn’t bad at all. It was a thrilling experience actually…to be able to go places that seemed exciting and do things that required strength and endurance. The followers trusted the leader to produce fun fulfilling activities, and the leader never failed.
It’s an almost similar case with Simon, who was called Peter, and Andrew. Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee and called out to the two brothers. They immediately left their nets and followed Him. They trusted in Jesus enough to leave everything behind: their nets, their jobs, everything– and they immediately followed Him. The word “immediately” pops out to me because this tells me that they didn’t hesitate, they didn’t think about it, they didn’t pray about it, they didn’t make any excuses. He called to them and they most likely trusted their lives with Him and abruptly followed.
When I think about what the brothers did, I think back to the ways I ejected the word “immediately” away from most situations in my life. I’d let distractions come between Him and I, people would come between Him and I, and technology came between Him and I. If my favorite movie was playing on T.V. or a friend would call to hang out or when I would scroll down my Facebook or Instagram timeline in order to entertain myself, I immediately chose self satisfaction over the reading of His word or anything that would glorify His name. This definitely does not define “immediate”.
As I continue my journey through The Daniel Plan, my mind has already been renewed as a result of me yearning more and more of Him. I have been following Him immediately and am continuously running towards Him in total surrender. I spend more quiet time with Him and put all things that glorify His name (i.e. Bible study, prayer meetings, daily Bible reading, etc.) above everything else. So on this Trusting Tuesday, I am trusting the Lord to lead me towards daily surrender, so that others can see Him through me.
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