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Post  Fenny West on Tue 06 May 2008, 8:13 am

Follow me, and I will make you."Matthew 4:19

Understand this: Jesus doesn't invite us to follow Him because we believe in Him. He invites us to follow Him because He believes in us! He says, "Follow me and I will make you." He knows what we can become when His grace touches our lives. Matthew, a Jew, collected taxes for the Romans who enslaved his people. In their eyes he was lower than scum. Yet Jesus called him and he ended up writing the first book in the New Testament. When Nathaniel was invited to meet Jesus he was downright skeptical. "Can...any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see" (Jn 1:46). Even after 3 years of exposure to His miracles and messages, they still had doubts. Check how often He says to them, "O ye of little faith...why do you not believe? ...If only you believed you would see." Knowing they were anxious about what would happen when He left them and went back to heaven, Jesus said, "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter [the Holy Spirit], that he may abide with you for ever" (Jn 14:16). The Greek word for comforter is paracletos which means "one who comes alongside to help." There will never be a day when you won't need God's help!
So, come as you are. Come with your self-righteous or sordid past. Come with your halo or your hang-ups. Come, even though you wonder if He can do what He promises. Let His power and presence rub off on you. What do you have to lose? You've tried your way and it didn't work, now try His way. Come. You won't be disappointed!



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