When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also,
He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
You cannot follow The Lord without denying yourself of some things. As Peter and his colleagues left the great catch of fishes to follow the Master, and Matthew left his tax office to follow Him. Following Him will take some things away from your hand. You will have to drop some things to pick up a cross of sacrifice and dedication to follow him. IT MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE YOUR PROFESSION, BUT SOME THINGS MUST LEAVE YOUR HANDS IF YOU WILL FOLLOW HIM.
Not until you leave all and follow Him, can He make you become whatever He wants to make you. ONLY HIM CAN MAKE YOU, YOU CAN’T MAKE YOURSELF INTO WHAT HE WANT YOU TO BE, BECAUSE YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HIS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
Some people are afraid to leave their comfort zone. Some people are scared of the uncertain future and, therefore, cannot go into the mission work The Lord has been calling them to LEAVE AND FOLLOW HIM for the past six or seven years. They think they can make themselves to be something in life. What can you make yourself to be? YOU CAN ONLY BE RELEVANT IN LIFE IN WHAT HE HAS CREATED YOU TO BE. And only Him can MAKE YOU be that particular thing, when you FOLLOW HIM.
What was the difference between Joshua and Caleb and the rest ten spies The Lord sent them to spy the Canaan Land? One group was following The Lord by faith, believing everything The Lord had said about the land and the other group back off following. They were scared of the giants of the land, they never believed wholly everything the Lord said about the Promise Land. So, this decision separated them from their destination and destiny. The Lord said none of those people who failed to believe His word and promises concerning the Promise Land would get there except Caleb and Joshua:
24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
Some children of God are still struggling in life because they failed to follow The Lord wholly with all their life. They are serving The Lord, but they still keep the bad friends The Lord had told them to leave behind.
Some sisters still serve The Lord but still finds it difficult to part with their unbeliever fiances. Some brother love The Lord and are serving Him, but are not following Him fully because of the difficulty in separating themselves from their unbeliever fiancees.
Even some fiances and fiancees are believers, but it’s certain they are not the will of God, but they are still stubbornly traveling the journey to the Altar after which they will find no other bus-stops again.
Do you know that some children of God would have been settled in life if they had followed The Lord fully by disengaging from the jobs the Lord had commanded them to leave? The Lord had told them to leave because the job had hindered them from serving The Lord with all their heart.
Are you following the Lord Fully with all your heart?
Are you obeying the voice of the Lord Fully in following Him?
Have you dropped what He told you to drop and left what He told you to leave?
Check, if what you are passing through is not a direct consequences of your refusal to Follow Him fully and absolutely.
Perhaps you have not been what you thought you would be, because you had disobeyed His instructions. But you can still be what He wants you to be if you decide to follow Him with all your heart.
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Source: Mike Bamiloye