The Ultimate Decision (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 75)
Matthew 9:19 (NLT)
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
After salvation, God wants more than anything for His children to grow and mature. Becoming more like Christ is a process. It does not happen automatically; it does not happen right after salvation either. Many people get saved and they think that is all there is to living the Christian life. And that’s not the case. After choosing to receive salvation through Jesus, we must also choose to become more like Him each and every day.
Spiritual maturity takes intentionality. You have to have the want to and the will to. God wants us all to grow. Growing does not happen overnight; it takes effort and persistence. Discipleship is the process all Christians must go through after salvation. To become more like Christ, we must choose to follow Him even as Matthew did.
Matthew did not understand all the implications of what it would take to follow Jesus. There is no indication that Matthew asked questions after Jesus’ command. Matthew just made the decision to respond to Jesus’ invitation to a better way of life. That is what Christ offers. All you need to do to get started is make a decision. Decide that you want to follow Jesus and you are willing to do whatever it takes to be the person God wants you to be.
There are two decisions you should make in life. First, you must decide to receive Jesus into your life. Second, you must decide to consistently follow Him. These are the best and most important decisions you will ever make. You will become what you commit to. Your commitment to Jesus will define the kind of life that you live. The peace, joy, and life that you seek will be found after you commit to following Jesus and letting Him be Lord of your life.
“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer