Devotion for December 2, 2022

” ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ ” (Matthew 4:19)

When others don’t see your potential, Jesus does. In common fishermen, He saw the capacity to change the world. Here is something you may not have considered: There are two sides to following Jesus — you believe in Him, and He believes in you. Jesus told Simon Peter and Andrew, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to …” Do you doubt that? So did Nathanael. When he was invited to meet Jesus, he said, “Can … any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see” (John 1:46).

Even after three years of witnessing Jesus’ miracles, His disciples still had doubts. Notice how often He said to them, “O ye of little faith”; “Still you do not believe”; and “If you believed, you would see”. Knowing they were anxious about what would happen when He left them and went back to heaven, Jesus said, “I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16). The Greek word for comforter is parakletos, meaning “one who comes alongside to help you”. The truth is, there will never be a day when you don’t need God’s help or when it isn’t available to you. Maybe you still have doubts. If so, take heart! Jesus loves doubters. Didn’t he handpick Thomas?

Maybe you think you have too many weaknesses. So did Peter — but Jesus made him a leader. Just come as you are, and let His presence rub off on you. What do you have to lose? If you have tried it your way and it’s not working, come, give Jesus a chance!


Lord, help and guide me to always follow You as I make my way through life, as I am unable to do it on my own. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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