By Pastor George McKim
At the beginning of His ministry the Lord Jesus walked along the shores of Galilee preaching the good news of the Gospel.
As He walked He saw two fishermen casting their net into the sea. He spoke with power and authority: “Follow me and I will make you to become fishers of men.”
Jesus is the person to follow, He has the power to fashion and He can give you a purpose to fulfil.
He wants to stake His claim on your life. Will you let Him?
He wants to begin His creative work in your life. Will you allow Him?
He wants to start His divine plan in your life. Will you obey Him?
At Galilee their response was immediate, they forsook all and followed Him. What’s your response?
“Be strong and very courageous.”
God said these words three times to General Joshua as he looked across the river Jordan at the Promised Land (Joshua 1 v6-9) i.e. “You’ll need strength to enter it and courage to conquer it.”
Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the faith that makes you face your fear.
Courage is walking in faith even though your stomach’s churning, your legs are shaking and your knees are not knocking, they’re missing!
Courage is knowing you’re petrified yet stepping out of the boat in obedience to Christ’s command.
Courage is running towards your giant while he’s walking towards you.
Fear shouted: “Goliath’s too big, you’ll never defeat him.” Courage shouted back: “He’s that big I can’t miss him.”
I admire Martin Luther. When told the whole world was against him he declared: “Here I stand I can do no other. God help me.” God did and the Reformation was born.
I love the Lord Jesus Christ because knowing He was going to be betrayed by a friend, forsaken by his disciples, arrested, condemned, tortured, mocked and nailed to the cross at Calvary to die for your sin and mine, “he set his face toward Jerusalem”, and that took courage.
Whatever you’re facing today, let me inspire you: “Be strong and very courageous, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
So go for it! And remember: “He’s with you.”