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Consciously following the Lord to the end Matthew 4:18-22; John 6:66-69; Mark 10:28-30

Consciously following the lord to the end  Matthew 4:18-22; John 6:66-69; Mark 10:28-30, Pastor  Kumuyi

The call to serve the Lord is extended
to all men. It is a call to repentance and salvation (Acts 3:19); to
righteousness and holiness (Luke 1:74-75) and to service and separation from
the world (Exodus 23:25; 2 Corinthians 6:17)). Those who have responded to the
initial call to salvation and righteousness are required to follow the Lord to
the end in order to inherit their eternal rewards.  Following the Lord is not a temporal
decision; neither is it an impulsive and casual action, but a life-time
commitment to the Lord.

         
The decision
to follow the Lord comes with responsibilities that might sometimes be so
demanding and challenging that the believer may be tempted to lower his
consecration or even attempt to abandon his earlier vow to follow the Lord to
the end. 
The Disciples of Christ were called to follow Him faithfully, consciously
and consistently to the end, despite the challenges, difficulties and problems
they would encounter on the way. 
Examples abound in the scriptures of people who consciously followed the
Lord to the end. Paul the apostle was called and he followed through to the end. “But when it pleased God, who separated
me from my mother’s womb, and called me
by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the
heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”
(Galatians
1:15, 16). He was steadfast in following the Lord and would not allow anyone to
distract or derail him from the purpose of his calling.  He finished the race to the end and the Lord
rewarded him with the heavenly crown (2 Timothy 4:7, 8). Abraham followed God
in obedience and was blessed in all things (Genesis 12:1, 4; 24:1).  Also, Ruth left the idols of her nativity to
follow the God of Israel and was adequately rewarded by the Lord (Ruth 1:16-18;
4:13, 17).
1.   THE CALL AND CONSECRATION TO FOLLOW
THE LORD
(Matthew 4:18 -22, 19; Mark 10:28;
Galatians 1:15-17; Acts 20:22-24; Ruth 1:15-18; Romans 12:1, 2)
The call to follow Christ is a call to
daily cross-bearing (Matthew 10:38, 16:24-26) which demands our full
consecration to follow Him in order to fulfil the purpose of our calling.  Jesus said, “many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). The chosen
ones are those that consciously and devotedly follow the Lord. It is not just
enough to be satisfied with the fact that we are called; we must have an
unwavering determination to follow the Lord to the end. Our consecration to
follow the Lord is summarized in the word FOLLOW:
F
Fellowship with the Lord (1 John 1:3)
O
Obedience to His word and will (John 13:17)
L
Learn from the Master (Matthew 11:28, 29))
L
Love the Lord (Matthew 22:37)
O
Occupy in God’s service (Luke 19:13)
W
Worship of the Lord (John 4:23, 24)
Our following the Lord demands
faithfulness, sincerity and holiness of life. In addition, we are to render
service to the Lord and do His will at all times. God is pleased when we serve
Him whole- heartedly. Therefore, every believer should consistently look “unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith…”
(Hebrews 12:1, 2) to remain focused to the finishing line!


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2.   THE CHALLENGE AND COMMITMENT TO FOLLOW
THE LORD
(2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Acts 20:22-24;
John 6:66-69; 1 Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 10:35-39; Matthew 24:13)
As we daily follow the Lord, there
will be challenges in form of trials, temptations, difficulties and other
vicissitudes of life. Believers must be consciously steadfast, resolute and
fully determined to follow through to the end. The challenges may be enormous
but our conviction and commitment to the Lord will enable us to overcome and
succeed. Paul the apostle is a biblical example of a true follower of the Lord
Jesus Christ. He never yielded to the persuasions of men, but remained
steadfast in following the Lord.
The twelve apostles refused to turn
back from following the Lord when other disciples were offended with the truth
(John 6:66-69). They had a strong conviction of their faith and were committed
to the Lord. Similarly, believers today must be steadfast to follow the Lord
faithfully. He is able to keep them till the crowning day (Luke 9:62; Hebrews
7:25 2 Timothy 4:8).
3.   THE CONQUERORS’ CROWN AND REWARD FOR
TRUE FOLLOWERS
(Revelation 2:10,17,25-28; 3:5,11-12,
21; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; 1 Peter 5:4; Mark 10:28-30; Matthew 25:21, 23)
 No business enterprise is worth the labour if
there are no profits. Following the Lord has great dividends that surpass
whatever investment one can think of on earth (1Peter1:3, 4).  There are great benefits and blessings in
following the Lord. He rewards His faithful servants in time and eternity.
There are crowns awaiting believers who faithfully follow the Lord to the end.
As they remain steadfast, resolute and determined to follow the Lord to the
end, they will be adequately rewarded.  “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear,
ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away
” (1 Peter 5: 4)



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