December 8, 2016

Today you should read: Matthew 4:12-25
Are you trying to change in order to follow Jesus or are you following Jesus and allowing Him to change you? This is a very important question to ask yourself today. More often than not we take the position and mentality that we cannot follow Jesus because He is so good and wonderful (He is God), so we put off following Him until we are good enough. Maybe this is you today. This could be a sin that you are consumed by. God is calling you back to Him to repent and you keep saying no because of the guilt and shame that you are consumed by.

Do you think the disciples that are called in this passage were perfect? Absolutely not! At this point they weren’t even nearly as “good” as they are later when we see how they are in the book of Acts. The important thing for us to glean from this is that Jesus calls them to follow and they immediately do that. Jesus is calling you today to commit to follow Him. The disciples did this and Jesus changed them. You do not have to fix yourself before following Jesus. You cannot fix yourself. So it is a wonderful blessing that Jesus is gracious enough to allow us to follow Him. The biggest encouragement that I can give you today is to trust in the Holy God that is calling you to follow Him because He is calling you just as you are, and He truly wants to change you.

Will you follow Him today? However that looks for you.

By: Dakota Gragg

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “December 8, 2016”

  1. As one who has a tendency to internally become “consumed” by what’s going on in my life, I appreciate this message. Thanks Dakota!

  2. Amen. Even after all these years, this was a great reminder. I just realized I’ve been trying to make myself presentable after reading this.

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