Family Bible Study lesson for August 1: Know Jesus : Friday, July 9, 2004
July 9 2004 by Phyllis Elvington

Family Bible Study lesson for August 1: Know Jesus : Friday, July 9, 2004
Friday, July 9, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for August 1: Know Jesus

By Phyllis Elvington
Matthew 4:18-20; 14:25-33; John 1:35-42

Success. How do you define it? The world seems to measure success by the number of degrees you have earned, or by how much money you make, or by how much property you own.

Just look at the media attention celebrities receive, like Dr. Phil, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump. These four individuals would probably be at the top of anyone's "Most Successful People" list for 2004.

True success in God's eyes, however, has absolutely nothing to do with degrees, money or property.

Paul said in Phil. 3:7-10, "But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ ... that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection ..."

If you could have one wish granted, what would it be? A brand-new car, a promotion at work, a house at the beach, or to "know Him and the power of His resurrection"?

I guess it all comes down to one question: Whose success list would you rather be on - the world's list or God's list?

Be changed by Jesus

John 1:40-42

Everyone needs a brother like Andrew. The first thing Andrew did after meeting Jesus was to find his brother, Peter. "And he brought him to Jesus" (v. 42a).

When Jesus looked at Peter, he made two statements that began with these words: "You are ..." and "You will be ..."

Jesus not only saw Peter for who he was at that moment, he also saw all the potential for who Peter would become in Him.

No one can meet Jesus and remain the same. Second Corinthians 5:17 boldly proclaims, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come."

Follow Jesus

Matthew 4:18-20

This was not Peter and Andrew's first encounter with Jesus. They had heard John the Baptist's teachings about Jesus.

They had also heard Him preaching and teaching in the surrounding area. The first chapter of the book of John tells us that the two had met and talked with Jesus.

But hearing someone tell you about Jesus is not enough. Hearing His teachings is not enough. Even meeting Jesus is not enough.

In order to live in relationship with Jesus, you must answer His call on your life. Jesus said, "Come, follow me" (v. 19). Peter and Andrew, "At once left their nets and followed Him" (v. 20).

Jesus calls each one of us. Have you ever made the decision to leave everything and follow Him?

Trust Jesus

Matthew 14:25-33

Trust Jesus. Those are probably the two most important words in the English language.

Wouldn't life be so much easier if we simply trusted Him completely? With every care. In every situation. At all times.

Peter trusted Jesus enough to walk onto the stormy sea. And he was doing fine until he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the circumstances around him.

We need to remember what Jesus did for Peter when the circumstances of life start crashing in on us. "Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand and caught him" (v. 31a).

I can say with absolute certainty that there is no safer place to be in the entire world than in the hands of Jesus.

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