Luke 5:10-11 (AMP)
10And so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon (Peter). And Jesus said to Simon, Have no fear; from now on you will be catching men! 11And after they had run their boats on shore, they left everything and joined Him as His disciples and sided with His party and accompanied Him.
These were three commercial fishermen called by Jesus to be His disciples. They were asked to move from their normal life to walk with Him and they responded.
We can only imagine how different life would be if we would just GO when the Lord calls us. Would we willingly leave our job if the Lord calls us to follow Him?
This past Saturday, I had the priviledge to volunteer at a local shelter. The Lord spoke to me prior in regards to getting more involved in the community and specifically helping at this shelter; I gathered a few women to join me. These weren’t just any women; they were specifically picked by the Lord. An invitation was extended to them and they responded. The Lord had a treat for all of us who were there. We departed with so much joy and fulfillment; it wasn’t just any other volunteer day. We were there to help and collaborate to get the job done.
There was such an aura in the place and I knew the Holy Spirit was with us; we were drunk in laughter.
There were a few things happening on this day. I met a woman who gathered ten people from her church and painted the women’s dorm in the shelter. She, also, received donations from a local retail store to replace all the linens for twelve beds that occupied this room.
You may be asking yourself what does volunteering and painting a room have in common. Well, it was due to the obedience of two women who listened and obeyed to the Holy Spirit’s calling. This, in turn, blessed others in immeasurable ways.
Friends, when you are snuggled in your bed and the Lord calls you out of it, are you going to say, “I’m too comfortable right now, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Remember, Gods’ time is not our own time and when He’s asking us to do something, He has something lined up for us. If we wait until tomorrow, we’re going to miss the opportunity. It will be too late!
Last week, I wrote about tradition and religion. If these two women were caught up with the church traditions, they wouldn’t have been as receptive to allow the Lord to work through them. They are both from two different denominations, but they knew the walls of denominational restraints within and outside of the Church had to come down in order for the Lord to use them. They allowed the Lord to manifest through them so they could receive what was in the works in the Spirit. He was able to put them together to do a mighty work for the shelter.
Matthew 19:21-23 (AMP)
21Jesus answered him, If you would be perfect [that is, have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self-sacrificing character], go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; and come, be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me]. 22But when the young man heard this, he went away sad (grieved and in much distress), for he had great possessions. 23And Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, it will be difficult for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven.
What are the riches or material items that hold us back from serving the Lord?
Surrender it all to Him. No matter how small or how big it is, it’s never too much for Jesus. The other day someone told me, “I just don’t want to bother Him with my petty stuff. He’s busy enough as it is.” How dare we limit and question what the Lord can and cannot handle. Didn’t He say to cast all our burdens upon Him and He will give us rest? Then, why are we still holding onto it?
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (AMP)
1IF YOU will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
If we continue to read verses 3-14, The Lord blesses us abundantly in every area of our life. Now, this is something to rejoice about!!
Do we answer the call to be disciples and apostles for Him or do we stay in bed or in our favorite comfortable spot debating where our life is taking us?
If we’re too shy, God will make us social
If we’re too bold, God will make us timid
If we’re too proud, God will make us humble
If we’re too aggressive, God will make us submissive
If we’re too loud, God will tame us
Luke 12:12 (AMP)
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] ought to say.