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!
Yes, He makes us into completely, brand new creations. And then, once He heals us, cleanses us, and brushes off the hurt, pain, and dirt of this world, He says, “Go, share my love with others.” We are not meant to just enjoy His love for ourselves. We are supposed to be completely transformed, renewed, and remade, and then go teach others how to find that same love and peace.
Wherever you are in your journey with Christ, whether you are brand new and just getting to know Him or have walked with Him for years, He is holding out His hand to offer love, support, and comfort. I pray you will grab hold of Him right now, let Him hold you, and be overwhelmed with His love for you. And don’t keep it to yourself. Someone in your path today needs that same love and encouragement–and you are the one God is asking to show them, to help them, to lead them to Jesus! So if you follow Jesus, bring someone along with you and show them the way! Jesus makes all the difference!
Thank You for loving me Jesus! Holy Spirit lead me, teach me, and guide me to a life that brings You glory. Help me abide in Christ in every moment and teach me to share Your love with everyone I meet! May Your radiance and glory be so evident in my life, it is unmistakable that I am Your follower. In the name of Jesus, amen!
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