Mat 4:19 “Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
What does it mean that God predestined me? What am I predestinated to be? Unfortunately I see believers who allow this topic to redirect their lives’ focus on what God would have them to do. An example would be the thought process that says if predestination is of God then those who are going to be saved will be saved so I do not need to have a burden for the lost and be active in seeking who God would have me to witness to. If that is the case then I wonder why our Lord told the first disciples and I believe us also to “go and make disciples” in Mat 28:19,20? And why He would tell the first disciples and I believe us to follow Him and He would make them fishers of men in Mat 4:19? Witnessing is like our giving of material blessings to God’s use. The person with the spiritual gift of evangelism will have the desire to do much more than those without that gift but all believers are to witness to the unsaved as our Lord directs and provides opportunities to do so.
Like most believers I do not know in total what predestination means. What I do know is the awesome fact that “God chose me” (John 6:44), yes me with all of my flaws. WOW! You don’t have to look very hard at your fleshly nature to feel really special that God chose you. Now, my search must be to find what service God has for me to do prior to taking me to my eternal home. A bit of a different thought process then the worlds “live and let live” and “live it with all the gusto you can, because you only go around once”.
There is much about the predestination topic that can paralyze or neutralize the believer and their service for Jesus. Don’t allow it to be you. His ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts according to Isaiah 55:8 so we can never depend on our own understanding to direct our paths. We must allow His word to direct us. Jesus pulled us into His church by His grace and while on this earth and in this church age He has much for us to do!!!!!!!!!
The following quote may sum it up best.
Luke 9:23 “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me”
“Turn to your Bible and read for yourself in the only two chapters in which this word predestinate or predestinated is found. The first is Romans 8:29-30, the other chapter is Ephesians 1:5 and 11. You will note that there is no reference in these four verses to either heaven or hell but to Christ-likeness eventually. Nowhere are we told in scripture that God predestinated one man to be saved and another to be lost. Men are to be saved or lost eternally because of their attitude towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Predestination means that someday all the redeemed shall become just like the Lord Jesus”
“D.L. Moody used to put it very simply the elect are the ‘whosoever wills’ the non-elect ‘whosoever wont’s’. This is exactly what scripture teaches, the invitation is to all, those who accept it are the elect. Remember, we are never told that Christ died for the elect”.
“Whosoever means, whosoever.” Only a biased theologian, with an axe to grind, could ever think that it meant only the elect.”
II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”