Day 23

Read Luke 5:1-11.

Devotion by: Marianne Donnelly
Intensification of Call to Discipleship

I have learned that the first lesson of discipleship is cultivating obedience to God’s Word. As I read these Scriptures, I am overwhelmed by God’s grace, mercy, and love for His people and His desire to be in a relationship with each one of us. Could Simon Peter have imagined that the hopelessness and anguish of his empty fishing boat would become a platform where Jesus would teach, perform a miracle, and build His Kingdom?

Recognizing the holiness of God and the sinfulness of oneself is another essential step in the call to discipleship. Just as He called Simon Peter and the apostles to follow Him, I am incredibly grateful and humbled that Jesus invites me to follow Him too. He meets me where I am within each struggle and invites me to trust and have faith in Him. As I surrender to Him, recognizing my inability and sinfulness, He does the impossible. He turns darkness into light, He strengthens and grows our relationship, all while bearing witness to others of His great glory!

When I choose to respond to God’s calling, to accept and embrace God’s will for my life, to commit and put Him above all else, I trust He will give me what I need and guide me in the way He wants me to go. In this choosing, I have faith that He will guide me to go and make disciples!

“Don’t be afraid” (Luke 5:10), Jesus said … “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17). What higher calling could we have than to continue the work that He had started so long ago?

Jessica Spivey