Jesus called His first disciples simply by saying, “Come, follow Me.” He found them, loved and accepted them right where they were, and offered them a new life, a new beginning with Him. Before they could even understand the magnitude of their decision, they knew they should accept…and follow Jesus.
Jesus offers the same exciting, life-changing adventure to us. He simply and lovingly extends His hand and says, “Come, follow Me.” We don’t have to meet any requirements or standards or make any changes. The simple decision to follow Him is all we have to do and He will lovingly guide us, teach us, and direct us as He takes care of the rest!
Absolutely everything changed for the disciples when they chose to follow Jesus, and He offers the same transformational power to us. In Jesus, we will spend eternity in heaven with Him where there will be no more evil, no pain, no tears. But He has not left us alone here on earth until then. He has sent the Holy Spirit and offers a life of abundant joy and peace, right now if we will just follow Him, trust Him, and obey Him. He offers rest for the weary, freedom for the captives, strength for the weak. He offers perfect peace, perfect love, and perfect joy. We do not have to live burdened and consumed with fear, worry, regrets, or shame. Jesus changes everything!