Anchor Verse: “And immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him”(v.22)
A young man, Ken, had a girlfriend with whom he engaged in all forms of sexual pleasure. As time went on, Ken discovered he was driving deeply into the miry clay of sexual pleasure; he wanted more. One day, he sluggishly followed a friend to a Church program thinking it was a platform to strike other beautiful Christian girls. However, that journey led to his salvation. He passionately followed Jesus but did not discard his girlfriend – the first love of his life. One evening, the girl visited after they had lost touch for years. Ken saw it as a chance to tell her of his new found faith but that “intended bible exposition” turned sour and Ken returned to his vomit. Seeing she still had a space in his heart, he slept with her instead of witnessing to her.
Today, repentance has been hindered by a lot of shallow gospel we hear. If a man answers the call of salvation, it does not stop at the decision to follow Jesus; he must “unfollow” his old lifestyles, attachments and relationships. The disciples, in our text, left their boat in response to the Master’s call. We cannot begin a journey to the Promised Land and still carry along the lifestyle of Egypt! As a youth, if you claim to have met Jesus, the question is, “what have you abandoned?” What friends, habits and addictions have you left in response to the Master’s call? End that relationship; your faith is of greater worth than that girlfriend! Delete that contact from your phone; delete those porn sites from your history; burn those magazines & pictures. When we follow Him, He makes us to be like Him and places us where He will have us shine for Him.
PRAYER: Dear Father, I surrender to you. I put a permanent discord between my life and every old attraction of sin in Jesus Name. Amen.
CULLED FROM: THE DAILY DYNAMITE
Youth Devotional Manual 2021
Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.