Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”– Matthew 4:19
What is the key to obedience to Jesus Christ? How can a person know that he or she is doing everything the Lord desires? When the Son of God began to train His closest followers, when He took them down the path to obedience in spreading the “good news of the Kingdom,” how did He do it?
Well, first of all, Jesus never told His disciples to fish. He commanded them to follow, because He knew that if they followed Him, then they would soon be “fishing.” Jesus knew that the key to obedience was not “doing,” but “remaining.” If a disciple remains in fellowship with Him, then he will be able to do everything the Lord requires. In fact, if there is a problem with obedience it will usually be traced to a problem with our fellowship.
Stay close to the Savior. Guard your time with Him. Disobedience cannot survive in proximity to Christ. To be close to Jesus is to be plunged into His desires and will. Follow Him and HE WILL MAKE YOU a fisher of men.
We fail to fish simply because we too often fail to follow.
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. – Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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