October 5, 2011
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him (Luke 5:27-28, NIV).
Friend to Friends
I was at a funeral for the father of a friend of mine. Amazingly three of the deceased’s nephews were preachers and each wanted a turn at eulogizing Uncle Bob. There was a Baptist, a Pentecostal, and Methodist. It was a long service. One of the preacher’s stories about ole Uncle Bob really tickled me. I’ve changed the names, but let’s let nephew John tell the story…..
“When I was a young boy of 17, I was working in the family business, and didn’t yet have my driver’s license. Uncle Bob came over one day, took me by the arm, and said, ‘Boy, it’s time to go and get your driver’s license.
“But Uncle Bob,” I argued, “I haven’t practiced enough. I’m not good enough yet.”
“Don’t you worry about that, son,” he said. “I’ll teach you what you need to know on the way.”
So off they went to the Department of Motor Vehicles. One young man with nervous clammy hands. One older man with a determined knowing grin. John parked the car, not between the lines, but right smack dab in the middle of two spaces with the line running under the middle of the car. He very nervously walked into the building, fumbled through the driving test, and miraculously came out with a certificate and a license.
“I always wondered how in the world I passed that test,” the now older man mused. “But years later I found out. Uncle Bob knew the Patrolman who administered the test.”
Wow! I sat there on the edge of my seat! That was the gospel! Jesus takes us by the hand and tells us its time to get started moving on with Him. “Follow me,” He calls. Sometimes we tell Him, “I’m not ready. I need more practice. I’m not good enough yet.”
But Jesus says, “Don’t you worry about that. Follow Me and I’ll teach you what to do along the way.”
Have you been putting off doing something that God has called you to do because you feel like you’re not ready? If so, don’t put it off any longer. Jesus says, “Follow me.” He’ll take care of the rest.
Have you been putting off accepting Jesus as your personal Savior because you feel you’re not ready? If so, Jesus says, “Follow me.” What are you waiting for?
Dear God, sometimes I am hesitant to do what You are calling me to do because I don’t feel that I’m ready. But I know that I am ready the moment You call me and that You will supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory. I am so thankful that we never have to get ready to be saved! You tell us to come as we are. “Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me.” Hallelujah! “Oh Lamb of God, I come. I come.”
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Is there something that God is calling you to do but you have put it off because you feel you’re not ready?
Do you think that God would call us to a task and leave us to fend for ourselves?
If you have not accepted Jesus as Your Savior, what’s stopping you? If He has called, then you ARE ready. Don’t worry about being good enough. None of us ever could be. But He will teach you what you need to know along the way.
If you have never prayed to receive Jesus, I have a short video that will walk you through the steps. Simply click on www.jesusforwomen.com. If you pray the prayer to accept Christ, I’d love to hear about! Please email me at Sharon@sharonjaynes.com.
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