“And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples—letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!”
Matthew 4:19 AMP
In defining relationships, the parties involved clearly spell out their responsibilities or obligations. Our relationship with God is no different. He is God and we are His people.
“For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand…” Psalm 95:7 NKJV
God chose us in Him for His own pleasure, we didn’t choose Him. Hence, we are to respect and regard His authority as God. This is the first step in having a fruitful relationship with God.
The second step is for you to find rest in Him. The picture some people have of God is a strict master who just makes His servants toil day and night. On the contrary, God is offering you rest. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)
His relationship with you promises to be full of rest in all ramifications: rest of mind, overwhelming peace, and eternal rest. You’d be shortchanging yourself if you do not take advantage of the rest that you have in God. He is a good God, and you can bank on Him.
Then the third step is to take up His ‘light burden’ (Matthew 11:29-30). The life God calls us into is one of ease; of submission to His discipleship, and yielding to His perfect leading. As we drop our burdens at His feet, we are to take up His own burden. You may read the whole chapter of Matthew 11 for better understanding.
Matthew 4 also holds a lot of lessons for the believer. After Jesus’ triumph over temptations, He proceeds to the city of Galilee where He finds His disciples. From verses 19-25, one recurring word is ‘Follow’. He called them and they followed. Their following was not on a promise of wealth or fame, but the higher calling of being used by God. That’s massive!
Dear believer, being used of God is more important than getting things from God. Indeed, He provides but He is more than a provider. As we grow, we must shun babyish attitudes and follow Him wholeheartedly. God is committing His assignment to faithful men. Will you be a part of this number?
In summary, God wants you. He wants a relationship with YOU. He is God, and He longs to walk and work with you. Will you say YES to Him today?
SAY THIS: I am willing and obedient. I follow the Father. I seek Him first and the fulfillment of His plan, above all else (Matthew 6:33).
Bible Reading Plan:
John 1:29-34, James 1:19-27, Ecclesiastes 2:17-26, Jeremiah 5-6