Dedicated Faith

Matthew 4:20 (NKJV) 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

Think about your life before Christ, where you were, what you were doing, the person you used to be. That all changed the moment you accepted the free gift of salvation through the blood of Christ. In an instant you went from lost to saved. We all have different experiences, some were apprehensive and needed reassurance of our faith, while others were instantly on fire for Him. No matter what side of the spectrum we found ourselves, one thing is very evident, we have been transformed by Christ. The question now is… do we have dedicated faith? What Is Dedicated Faith? Peter and Andrew dropped everything they were doing and followed Christ instantly. That is dedicated faith. One thing that cannot be lost in the account of Peter and Andrew is the fact that they probably left fairly profitable careers. As fishermen, they were most likely making a pretty solid wage. Jesus comes to the shoreline, sees Peter and Andrew and says “follow Me,” and they do… no questions asked. It probably did not happen like this but I envision Peter and Andrew standing there on their boat and they look up and see Jesus… then much like Forrest Gump when he dives into the water as he sees his friend, Lieutenant Dan, they take the plunge leaving their boat to capsize right there on the shore. Well, it probably was not like that at all, but they still dropped everything at once to become fishers of men. Drop Everything And Go I think we sometimes get too caught up with waiting to hear some magical calling to serve the Lord. Do not get me wrong, when you hear from the Lord and are obedient to what you are hearing, that is amazing. I think a lot of us have felt that calling, sometimes we answer it while other times, unfortunately, we don’t. I am taken back to a time when I pulled up to the local Subway, there was a woman sitting on the sidewalk and she was clearly upset. I felt the Lord tug at my heart, but out of fear, I did not approach her. The entire time I was eating, I knew I had let the Lord down. Now I know that the Lord sent someone else to take care of that woman, but it still hurts to this day that I was not obedient. Thankfully, He gave me a chance to redeem myself later in the evening as he asked me to buy another woman’s groceries because she could not afford them. I quietly asked the cashier to add those items to my total, tracked her down and told her that I hoped she had a blessed evening. It was not a huge deal but the Lord placed it on my heart and without thinking about it too much, I obediently served Him. I cannot tell you what a blessing it was to just hear from Him, drop everything, and go. Where Are You Being Called? I think the most awesome aspect of God’s kingdom is the fact that He has so many different personalities involved. Literally every type of personality and skill set imaginable. Each of us has certain skills that we can use to further His kingdom if we are obedient with those skills. Maybe you have the ability to write, God uses writers all the time to spread the Gospel. Maybe you are a good public speaker, God can use your voice to penetrate the hearts of non-believers. Do you have artistic ability? Maybe God can use you to develop a powerful design that is going to impact thousands. Maybe you have musical ability and can lead worship. The list goes on and on. The most important thing is that you recognize your God-given talent and then just go. Closing Thoughts: God has given you the ability to impact this world for His purpose. It is one of the most amazing parts of our journey with Him. He has the ability to do all of this Himself, but he chooses to include us in the plan. I think it is a lot like when your earthly father lets you think you are absolutely vital to a certain home improvement project. It allows us to walk out of a situation thinking we made a huge impact while he could have done it himself all along. Our heavenly Father is calling us to be dedicated to His vision, it is about time we faithfully abide in it. John 15:14 (NKJV) 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

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