The cost of Obedience

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. And going on [further] from there He noticed two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them [to follow Him as His disciples]. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. Matthew 18-22

The cost of discipleship to Jesus Chirst is quite expensive. Often ag tomes one will have to for go their family and friends , while others walk away from an establishment career that probably took years to develop and lots of painful instances. This was some what the disciples of Jesus Christ had to leave behind.

Simon Peter and his brother Andrew were fishermen by profession, but they walked away from it all , after hearing Him call them. It was an act of faith, trusting a person they had no prior knowledge of and for Jesus Christ, He demonstrates true leadership, He does force anyone to do anything, He simply tells them to follow Him and they faithfully obey, He never threatens or manipulates His way, on the contrary He respects and honor their free will.

No doubt, He was and is Holy, however there is some reverence and dignity that Jesus Christ as a leader possess that is so attractive. His leadership skills transcends mere influence, coercion and threats. It compels people to walk away from something others would of great value like family and a profession. I think the disciples must have recognized Him, before others through the grace of God, a child like attitude of trust and obedience, true humility is what they had, maybe its no wonder, God so it fit for them to accompany His Son, throughout His ministry and continue it after He ascended to heaven. Most often God is looking for people who will be available to say yes and obey Him, regardless of their status in life. Obedience is very costly, it is worship.

Meditate on: Cultivating obedience.
A true Cross walk is obeying where we have revelation in spite of the apparent contradiction in what we cannot explain. To obey only when we see that there will be a favorable outcome is not obedience.
Obedience is supposed to be expensive.
To embrace what He has shown us and to obey what He has commanded us, often in the midst of unanswerable questions, is an honor beyond measure.
It is a great privilege to be a believing believer in the midst of a culture of unbelief. We must embrace this privilege.
No Christian should be unmoved by the Lord’s question,“When I return, will I find faith on the earth?” I have set my heart to pleasure Him by living in faith.

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