Some days ago we started this series, very important for kingdom living. God wants to grow as disciples of Christ. Jesus was not interested in the multitude, he only healed them because he always felt sympathy for them. He taught them in parables which, in most cases, they did not really understand.
Nonetheless, Jesus made every effort to make sure His disciples got the full meaning of his teachings. He gave them the analysis and explanation for every parable, he tested their faith, gave them authority, taught them how to pray, commissioned them to make disciples of all nations, told them the Holy Spirit would come upon them, and that they shall receive power afterwards.
To finish well and make heaven, you have to be a disciple, not an added number to the ‘multitude’.
Do not slack your hand
Maybe they could have made names for catching so much, or even receive awards. But instead of thinking of the gains and accolades, they left everything and followed Christ.
‘And he left all, rose up, and followed him.’ Who is this verse referring to? Matthew (Levi). Matthew was a tax collector before Jesus called him, and of course he was working before he was called. Have you ever wondered about how much money Matthew could have been making from his work? A lot I’d say. The Bible tells of how he made a great feast in his house after he was called. He sacrificed his wealth and followed Jesus. These are examples of people who sacrificed their living to become a disciple.
Keep on Moving
Fasting is hard, but you have to. Praying is difficult, but you must. Meditation is challenging, but it is required. It is not easy to get up in the morning and start your quiet time, I know, but it’s necessary.