“I will make you”
With Peter Veysie
George Methodist church
Sunday 15th August 2021
8am and 10am
I have had 15 funerals and these have been challenging but also a blessing as we serve folk in their deepest grief. I am also excited about our youth meeting, our outreach packet ministry ,our children’s church ministry, 40 women’s fellowship ladies meeting today, a young woman’s fellowship meeting today, ageless grace aerobics happening tomorrow ,online services reaching almost 1000 people now and corporate prayers for our city on Saturday at 3pm as leaders, baptizing someone on Sunday last week,feeding children at Syferfontein on Saturday and of course my beautiful children getting engaged.
It is so important to understand that the Lord has called you by name and that he is making you into what you are called you to be :
“Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness, I hear at my center the words that say: “I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours. You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests. I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace. I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child. I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step. Wherever you go, I go with you, and wherever you rest, I keep watch. I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst. I will not hide my face from you. You know me as your own and I know you as my own. You belong to me. I am your father, your mother, your brother, your lover and your spouse…yes, even your child. Wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.”
Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply. It is like discovering a well in the desert. Once you have touched wet ground, you want to dig deeper.” Henri Nouwen.
Matthew 5:1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
We are not doing a good job of fishing because we are not doing a good job of following. It seems that we have a theory in our minds that we are converted and saved and then our mission is to convert and save others !!! It sounds so right but we can so easily get caught up with notching up who we have shared the gospel with and then forget about the importance of really walking alongside others for the long hall and teaching them to follow the basic principles and practices of Jesus.
The story in it’s simplicity moves from Peter catching no fish for a whole night to some stranger telling him to put his net in on the other side, to the catch to the call of following.
And so I want to speak today about powerful principles that us to learn the art of followership.
- Jesus meets us on the beach.It’s always most significant for me that Jesus meets them where they are and doesn’t call from the synagogue or the temple!! He meets us on the beach as well.
- The power of the voice on the shore – throw your net in on the other side. Being a master fisherman I am sure Peter was probably thinking – ya right !!!! The ability to be ready to listen and then obey. This is an enormous step for many and it’s becoming harder to trust because of all the confusion created by the many different voices,pastors that have failed and fallen, covid conspiracy theorists who have claimed that we will have a chip put in us with this vaccine and I can go on. There is power in the voice on the shore and we need to listen to the truth and the truth will set us free.
- The catch – as we choose to follow Jesus, there is not always a dramatic catch of fish or miracle and yet sometimes there is and it’s absolutely awesome to see. But there is a moment in all of our lives where we are called by the Lord. Some leave it right to the end of their lives and miss out on so much, some have radical calls to literally leave everything and follow Christ.The question is do we follow because of the catch or because of the call. Trust is critical !!! We can so easily get enticed by the catch rather than the call !!!
- The call to follow. I really believe that there is an art in followership. It’s like we are becoming like the Master and that he is making us new. It’s essential therefore to be discipled.What does it mean to be a disciple?
The term “disciple” originally means a pupil (of a teacher) or an apprentice (to a master craftsman). Many people believe they have become disciple
A disciple is another word for a follower of Christ, one who is learning to be like his Master. As a disciple you follow Jesus Christ, who is the Master and by living like Him you become more like Him. (Matthew 16:24; 1 Peter 2:21-22)
5. Our teacher
“A disciple is not above their teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like their teacher.” Luke 6:40. A disciple of Jesus enters a life-long learning process to live the same life as Jesus lived. The life of Jesus is the perfect expression of God’s will.
Throughout Jesus’s life, He personally went through a training process to do God’s will instead of His own.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of us. And being found in appearance as a person, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8.
Jesus had to learn to discern God’s will, and had to learn obedience. (Hebrews 5:7-8) His whole life, He said, “Not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42; Hebrews 10:5-7) Each day He was tempted in all points as we are. (Hebrews 4:15) Yet He chose to humble Himself and suffer in the flesh (deny His self-will, the demands from sin in the flesh), instead of giving in to sin. (Philippians 2:8; 1 Peter 4:1) As a result of this incredible faithfulness, He committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth. He never fell out of love, purity and goodness! This is the teacher, the forerunner whom disciples have as their example, to follow in His footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21-22)
6. The greatest motivation – I will make you – let the Lord make you into what you are called to be – a follower
“… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2. Jesus’ joy was that He would have disciples who live the same life and come to the same divine nature.
“For the love of Christ compels us 2 COR 5:14
The goal Jesus has set for us, is to be perfect just as our Father in heaven is perfect! (Matthew 5:48)
There will necessarily be sufferings in this incredible process of being transformed from a sinful human into the perfect image of Christ. But, with Christ as our example and the love of Christ compelling us, we as disciples continue to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14. This prize is to be like Him, and to see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2)