Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. (Matt. 11:29)
He Required Obedience
Jesus expected the men He was with to obey Him. They were not required to be smart, but they had to be loyal. This became the distinguishing mark by which they were known. They were called His "disciples" meaning that they were "learners" or "pupils" of the Master. It was not until much later that they started to be called "Christian" (Acts 11:26), although it was inevitable, for in time obedient followers invariably take on the character of their leader.
The simplicity of this approach is marvelous if not astounding. None of the disciples was asked at first to make a statement of faith or accept a well-defined creed, although they doubtless recognized Jesus to be the Messiah (John 1:41, 45,49; Luke 5:8). For the moment all they they were asked to do was to follow Jesus. Of course, clearly implied in their initial invitation was a call to faith in the person of Christ and obedience to His Word. If this was not comprehended in the beginning, it would be perceived as they continued in the way with the Master. No one will follow a person in whom he or she has no trust, nor sincerely take the step of faith unless he or she is willing to obey what the leader says.
The Principle Applied Today
We must learn this lesson again today. There can be no dillydallying around with the commands of Christ. We are engaged in warfare, the issues of which are life and death, and every day that we are indifferent to our responsibilities is a day lost to the cause of Christ. If we have learned even the most elemental truth of discipleship, we must know that we are called to be servants of our Lord and to obey His Word. It is not our duty to reason why He speaks as He does, but only to carry out His orders. Unless there is this dedication to all that we know He wants us to do now, however immature our understanding may be, it is doubtful if we will ever progress further in His life and mission. There is no place in the Kingdom for a slacker, for such an attitude not only precludes any growth in grace and knowledge, but also destroys any usefulness on the world battlefield of evangelism.
Thanks again for reading this far my friends! My hope and prayer is that we will remain consecrated to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as we seek opportunities to evangelize the world through the resources given to us. My dear friends, our attitudes toward the subject of evangelism and the actual work that goes into creating a new generation of servant leaders is critical from the outset. Let us never get comfortable and complacent in our evangelistic efforts. This subject is essentially a very personal topic for me because God has called me to be an Evangelist. God has called me to "revolutionize" churches on three different occasions and has been confirmed on three different occasions. Christian Living is only the beginning. I'm confident in my Lord Jesus that I will one day get to travel the world making an eternal impact in the lives of those who are in desperate need of Jesus.
May God continue to bless you and keep you my friends! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-D