19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. – Matthew 4:19-20 [ESV]
A dear friend made a cross necklace for me. I wear it not only because it is a gift from a brother in Christ, but because it is a great conversation starter, and a much needed reminder for me.
As I was doctoring my overpriced cold press decaf with cream and sweetener this morning, a gentleman approached me. “I like your cross”, he said.
Conversation open. “I find it’s a great reminder”, I said. To which he replied, “You have to be intentional in your walk. If you’re not intentional, He leaves.”
The Bible is full of quiet little reminders of our need to be intentional about following Jesus. “Follow Me” we are told. “Listen to Me. Heed My Word. Love God first and love other as yourself.”
We each have a roll to play, and it is simply this: be intentional. Make a point of practicing putting God first. Jesus told us to seek first the kingdom of God – His will, His ways, His leading – and all we need, all the stuff we needlessly worry about, will be taken care of.
In other words, be intentional in your walk. Unfortunately our default is sin. That is part and parcel of the fall. And, if we stand and follow Jesus, we will certainly trip and fall.
Following Christ is simple. But isn’t necessarily easy. Still, nothing of any value is easily obtained. So be intentional. Seek the Lord for, foremost and above all else. Pray. Stay in His Word. Love others. Love God. Share your faith. Realize your freedom comes from His sacrifice – it is a gift!