What an Honor!
January 05, 2020:SOAP #3685: Genesis 12-14; Luke 5
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 5:9 For he [Simon] and allhis companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and sowere James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said toSimon, “Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” 11 So theypulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Luke (NIV) 5:27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the nameof Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
Observation: Whatdo fishermen do after seeing a miraculous catch of fish? What do they do when Jesus tells them theywill move from catching fish to catching men? They 'leave everything and follow Jesus!'
What does a tax collector do when The Miracle Worker calls him, 'Follow me? He 'leaves everything and follows Jesus!'
Application: Whatshould Leon do when the Creator of the Universe calls him, 'Follow me?' Leon should follow the LORD joyfully, lettingeveryone know that following JESUS is a great honor! Leon should consider his own life and all hispossessions as belonging to the LORD. Heshould be diligent in learning to recognize the voice of his LORD and pay closeattention to what the LORD is saying. Heshould be faithful every day to spend time with the LORD in talking with HIMand reading HIS WORD. Leon should befaithful to gather with others to whom the LORD is speaking so that he can hearwhat the LORD might say to him through them. Leon needs to carefully note what he hears the LORD saying so that hecan express his love and appreciation by obeying what the LORD says.
Prayer: Lord, what a special honor that you wouldsingle me out to follow you. May otherssee how honored I am to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!