Deciding to follow

RE Verse reading–Mark 1:16-18, 8:27-33, 14:26-31,66-72, 16:5-7 (day one)
” ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said. . .at once they left their nets and followed him.” (1:17-18) In 1970 I decided to follow Jesus.  I know some resist the idea that people have any part in salvation, But I still believe that Christ called me to follow and (like Peter) a decision was required of me. What I didn’t know at that time was how much of me was still undecided and unsurrendered. Like Peter in Mark 8, I had days (later) when I thought I knew better than the Lord. I argued my ideas and preferences. Like Peter in Mark 14, I had moments when my pride blinded me to the things that Jesus could see. How grateful I am that my story is also like Peter’s in Mark 16, when the Lord, following moral collapse, was patient and kind to “call again”. I am grateful Peter decided to trust the Lord again.  I am grateful I did as well.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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