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The Cost of Discipleship

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"When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him." - Luke 5:11

What does commitment look like? Professional athletes' stories are usually similar. They trained, worked out, and practiced so hard even when they were young to become the athletes they are today. They were committed. They gave up things that didn't matter for those that would make a difference, for the thing they wanted. Following Jesus is not easy. He never said it would be. Here, in Luke 5, Jesus invited the disciples to follow Him as He pursued the mission. They gave up everything to follow Him and be involved in this mission. To give up everything is a common theme in Christianity. Jesus did that for us. Our response should also be a willingness to give up everything and follow Him.

What do you need to give up that you are holding tightly to? Is there anything you refuse to give up to follow Him?

Called to Go

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"Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" - Isaiah 6:8

No one wants those who don't know about God "not" to know Him. In fact, in our hearts, we want everyone to know Him. The Bible is clear that the possibility of someone hearing the Gospel is impossible without a proclaimer. It is easy to personally decide that someone else can share with the lost. The truth is, you have been called to tell others the glorious news of the Gospel. That's right, you! Isaiah heard the question and then immediately answered it, "Here I am; send me Lord!" Is that your hearts cry today? Have you realized that you too have a story to tell and there are actually those who God has placed in your sphere of influence who would listen if you'd only share it with them? Try it. Tell someone today, who God has placed in your life, what Jesus has done for you.

Who in your sphere of influence needs to hear your story?

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