They left everything and followed him.

 

Does it ever feel as if there are obstacles that make it hard for you to accept Jesus’ call to follow him?   If so, the Lord has some words of encouragement for you right now:

Jesus:   “Whatever you think is holding you back from following me, whatever is oppressing or bothering you, just bring it along with you.   Trust me;   I can handle it.   The most important thing is that you know how much I love you and how much I enjoy being with you each day.   So if you think something is holding you back, just bring it along.”

Me:   “Really?   Even my work, Lord?   My job is so demanding.   My hours are so long, and I come home so tired and stressed.   I appreciate your invitation and I want to come, but I’m feeling too overwhelmed to consider myself a worthy disciple.”

Jesus:   “Bring your job with you, and I’ll help you work it out.   I love the fact that you’re a hard worker and dedicated to providing for your family.   You don’t have to fight this battle alone.   I’m here with you.   Just try your best to stay close to me as you go through your workday.”

Me:   “Lord, I have this financial burden that is weighing so heavily on me.   I’ve gotten into debt, and I can’t seem to find a way out.   I’m ashamed of myself and embarrassed by my situation.   I can just imagine how displeased you must be with me.”

Jesus:   “Bring it along with you.   Let me help you through this financial situation.   Sure, things may be tough right now.   Maybe you’ve made some bad choices.   But I still love you, and I want to help you.”

Me:   “Lord, I want to follow you, but I have this sin pattern that I just can’t get rid of.   How can I follow you with such a large millstone around my neck?”

Jesus:   “Bring it along with you, and we’ll work on it together.   My Holy Spirit can teach you how to get free.   It may not be easy, and it may not be immediate.   But I can help.”

Me:   “Lord, I will follow you!   I will trust your promises to me.   I believe that you can help me overcome my burdens and obstacles.”

“Thank you, Jesus, for inviting me to follow you!”

Colossians 1:9-14
Psalm 98:2-6

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