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Follow Christ

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20

Following Jesus is our great joy and privilege. Our lives are enriched as we follow Christ each day. We grow by learning about Christ and obeying Him as we seek to follow Jesus in our lives. It’s amazing!

One the other hand, following Jesus is not easy. We must be willing to go against the culture and obey no matter the cost. Being a disciple comes at a high cost. It is worth it, but, being Christ’s disciple is ease not a life of ease.

While following Christ can be difficult, let us remember three words that can help us go forward and grow in Christ Jesus. Those words are process, patience, and perseverance. An examination of these concepts is in order. 

1) Following Jesus is a process. Christian maturity and growth do not happen overnight. Paul speaks of fruitfulness and exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit. Well, it takes time for fruit to mature and grow. So follow the process and follow Him. Read and study the Bible, pray, worship, give, and tell others about Christ. Stay in the process and growth will eventually arrive.

2) Following Jesus requires patience. Growth does not take place quickly in our spiritual lives. Our standing before God changes when we are saved. God sees us as forgiven and complete in Christ’s righteousness. However, growth happens slowly in our sanctification. Following Jesus will have its ups and downs. A disciple will encounter wins and losses. 

Be patient. God is not finished with you. He is working on your behalf and Christ is molding and shaping you into His image. Trust God to finish what He has begun in you.

3) Followers of Jesus will need perseverance. A true disciple will keep showing up each day to serve their Lord and Savior. A true Christian will endure to the end. Don’t give up! Stay in the fight and commit to following Christ day by day.  

A disciple of Christ does not have a simple, trouble-free life. You can stay the course through the power of the Spirit within you. Be faithful and don’t forsake discipleship.

You will be glad you did!

Tony French

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Blessings Of Salvation

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5

The Apostle’s letter begins with a thunderous proclamation. Many great and wonderful things are declared over God’s people in the book of 1 Peter. This platform will not allow a robust and detailed explanation of these three verses. Allow me the privilege of mentioning a few of the blessings Christians have received through Christ.

We have received mercy. God, who is blessed eternally, has given us mercy when we actually deserved wrath. Christ died for the ungodly so that the ungodly may be made holy. (Romans 5:1-10) It is not because of any goodness in us that Christ extends His grace. He is merciful to Christians in spite of us and not because of us. 

We are born again. Through the mercy of our Lord we have been saved and sanctified forevermore. We have a hope that flows from the resurrection of Christ. As He was raised up, we shall be raised up. (1 Corinthians 15) Death will not have the ultimate victory in our lives. Jesus always hast the final say!

We have been given an inheritance. Much is included in this inheritance such as the presence of God, the promises of the Lord, and a home with Christ for all eternity. Christians are protected by the Almighty’s power and all will be revealed when we are glorified in Christ Jesus.

Be edified today, child of God. Your past is forgiven, you have power for the present, and your future is secure. May we say with Peter, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Tony French

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