Luke 5:11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Peter, James and John were normal fisherman and as soon as they met Jesus, they left everything. Not that what they were doing was wrong but a life with Jesus require some sacrifice. There are things you used to do, places you used to go, that you won’t have time for. Ask the Lord for wisdom as you transition so you can maintain relationships. Luke 5:27-28 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. In this journey you have to let go of good and bad things. We don’t follow Jesus the same way. There are those who follow at a distance and those who must be close to the scene. We don’t serve God the same way. We understand the Bible differently, hence what we believe in and what we do is different. Exodus 24:1-2 Then the LORD instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the LORD. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.”
It is not enough to go around telling people that your are born again Christian. Let your character speak for you. How people see you must be congruent with a Christian who is born again. Luke 3:7-8 When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.
Mark 7:18-19 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”
Acts 13:22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’
God promised to put His law in our hearts. Our hearts can only do what these laws says if led by the Spirit. John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Obedience or disobedience to the Spirit results in the character of the heart. The Bible further advise that a bad tree cannot bear bad fruits. Our hearts can only produce good results if led by the Spirit. What we see with our eyes, only reflects the state of a man’s heart. Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
You can be led to repentance after committing sin but man can be stuck with what they saw.
You can never be on the same understanding with one who reason with his own understanding. Human mind requires facts, the spiritual minded use faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.
People discuss God and the spiritual realm with limited knowledge and experience and most often to appear wise to others because they applause to them criticizing Christianity. Only dwell on your personal experience. 2 Corinthians 10:13 We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you.
Job 42:5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.
An experience with God will improve your faith. Pray for that personal experience so you can serve God faithfully.