Do What You're Told

Luke 5:4-5 When he (Jesus) had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish." "Master," Simon replied, "we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if you say so, I'll let the nets down again."

From the time I was a teenager I've had a hard time with doing what I'm told. My first instinct is to ask "Why?" without regard to the person who is telling me. I wonder what would have happened if you or I were in Simon's shoes. Would we have just complained - "I'm tired, I've already cleaned the nets, my family is expecting me at home and I'm hungry" -- or would we have done what Jesus asked us to do? What is Jesus telling us to do in 2022?

The Bible is a guidebook for life. In it are instructions for all the situations and questions you can imagine. The first thing we need to do is read it, study it and memorize key scriptures that touch your heart.

Another instruction comes from Philippians 4:6 "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."  By worrying we are saying that our problems are too big for God to handle. Jesus wants to walk WITH US through the obstacles of life. If we keep ourselves close to Him,Jesus will bless us with a blanket of peace that casts away worry and anxiety.

We are also told to spread the Word of God.Through living a life as a Christian, you are already showing others what it means to love. Don’t be afraid to take that further and share the Bible with those you know. Even people who are strongly against the faith have a chance of being saved, because all things are possible with God (Luke 18:26-27). So go ahead and take that new person to church, and have the patience and willingness to answer their questions about Jesus.

Jesus demonstrated that we are to give to others.Jesus came to earth so that He could help humanity.Jesus told His disciples that if they wanted to be great, they should serve others just as He came to serve humanity by giving His life to all (Mark 10:42-45). Look for ways that you can serve others, especially ways that use your God-given gifts.

This is just the start. As you read through your bible this year, look for instructions. Listen to what God is telling you and practice responding to those instructions. When you turn those instructions into actions you will be blessed beyond measure.



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