‘Come, follow Me, and I will show you how.’ Matthew 4:19 NLT
When others don’t see your potential, Jesus does. In common fishermen, He saw the capacity to change the world. Here is something you may not have considered: there are two sides to following Jesus—you believe in Him, and He believes in you.
Jesus told Simon Peter and Andrew, ‘Come, follow Me, and I will show you how.’ Do you doubt that? So did Nathanael. When he was invited to meet Jesus, he said, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see for yourself.’ (John 1:46 NLT) Even after three years of witnessing Jesus’ miracles, His disciples still had doubts. Notice how often He said to them, ‘You of little faith’; ‘Still you do not believe’; and ‘If you believed, you would see.’
Knowing they were anxious about what would happen when He left them and went back to Heaven, Jesus said, ‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.’ (John 14:16 ESV) The Greek word for ‘helper’ is parakletos, meaning ‘one who comes alongside to help you’. The truth is, there will never be a day when you don’t need God’s help or when it isn’t available to you.
Maybe you still have doubts. If so, take heart! Jesus loves doubters. Didn’t he handpick Thomas? Maybe you think you have too many weaknesses. So did Peter—but Jesus chose him for more than one special assignment. Just come as you are, and let His presence rub off on you. What do you have to lose? If you have tried it your way and it’s not working, come, give Jesus a chance!
SoulFood: Rom 12–14, Luke 7:24–35, Ps 107:33–43, Pro 3:27–28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023