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Time with God - May 19, 2014

Matthew 4:19-20

And He said to them, `Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’.  Immediately they left their nets, and followed Him.

If you want to get to know God more, you must learn to respond immediately to God’s leading in your life!

When Jesus called the disciples, they immediately left everything and followed Him. That response was the beginning of such a wonderful journey of growing relationally close to Jesus.

Matthew also tells the story (Matthew 19:21-22) of another young man Jesus invited to leave everything and follow Him. The next verse after Jesus’ invitation says, “But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property”. He valued the comfort of keeping things the way they were more than he valued responding to Jesus’ invitation.

The way to increase your sensitivity to what God is saying is to respond to what God is already making clear to you. If God is speaking to you about something in your life right now, and you ignore it, your heart becomes hardened toward Him and your relationship with Him suffers. But if you learn to respond immediately to God’s leading, your relationship with Him soars.

In faith, the fishermen left their nets. The rich young man also had a net—a safety net. But he couldn’t give it up. What do you need to respond to God about today?

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