“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” -Matthew 4:18, 19 KJV
For a long time and while going through my day-to-day Christianity, I never realized that seeking God should be the life blood of my Christian experience. I felt that learning as much as possible about God was the goal. It wasn’t until adulthood that my eyes were opened to this. And since deciding to spend my entire life seeking God, I have also come to realize that the benefits of that seeking are not just for me.
When I decided to seek God and subsequently follow Him, I became a disciple. My time spent in the word, in prayer, and saying no to lesser lovers to stay connected to my First Love have all been apart of a beautiful plan. It is the way that God builds a personal relationship with each of us and at the same time creates passionate disciples. A personal relationship with Christ is just the beginning of the wonderful things that come from seeking Him. The next thing that should come of it is a burning desire to share Him with others.
Imagine with me…you are at a wonderful store with quality products. Let’s say, shoes. The shoes are well-made, very good for your feet and you love them because you’ve tried them out before and they were great. And guess what…here’s the kicker: the shoes are FREE! They are literally being given away and all you have to do is receive them. You remember that you and everyone you know needs new shoes. What would you do? Of course you would tell everyone to go get the shoes. Why would you keep such a great thing to yourself? Friends, we have to become more passionate about sharing Jesus than we are about sharing shoes.
Jesus is the ultimate treasure. Salvation is free. His love is perfect. We cannot pursue Him, make Him our priority, encounter Him, fall in love with Him through prayer and reading the Word and then keep Him to ourselves. There is a dying world waiting to know about this man named Jesus. Everyone of us reading this knows at least one person who needs more than new shoes, but who needs a Savior. Please, don’t let this Draw Me Nearer experience only be for you. Yes, it is amazing to get to know Christ for yourself or even to rekindle your relationship with Him, but be sure to remember that discipleship and following Jesus are a package deal. We’ve got to be fishers of men!
Friends, I pray that Draw Me Nearer lived up to it’s name. I hope that you have truly been drawn closer to Christ. I speak for the prayer team as well as myself when I say that we praise God for this opportunity and we look forward to doing this again soon. Please know that we are praying for you, we are so blessed to have been able to serve you and that we hope that you have been inspired to share Jesus!
Yours in Christ,