Pastor’s Corner – Follow Me
The words “Follow Me” create powerful emotions and mental images for a Christian. These two words are filled with mystery and drama as we recollect the calling of the twelve disciples. The questions rise in our minds about how two simple words could cause young men to leave their families, their occupations and their relationships to follow a complete stranger around Israel. Then, as people who know how the story ends, to consider the miracles the disciples witnessed and the amazing things God did through them is truly indescribable.
But, wait, there’s more.
The same invitation God has given to the original twelve disciples through Jesus, He gives to us through His word. “Follow Me.” Jesus calls us to follow Him through the word of God in the Bible, through His word offered through another person and all this through the Holy Spirit. In a world filled with distractions demanding our time and energy the question is, do we hear and respond to this inviting and challenging call from Jesus to Follow Him?
Maybe the invitation was a long time ago and it has lost some of its luster. Life and our human spirit of discontent often overlooks the things we have as it craves the things we don’t. For a life-long Christian this can bring a sense of boredom or staleness to our faith journey. In reality, what happens is life brings so many options that the voice of Jesus gets drowned out and the fresh challenges never even get considered.
What would happen if you created space in your life to hear the voice of Jesus’ invitation to Follow Him? Sure, COVID has created a lot of space in our life, but somehow the devil has managed to fill it with fear, riots, discontent, anxiety, change and uncertainty. I am confident that God is still calling each and every one of His children to Follow Him.
What would happen if you actually did Follow Him? Assuming you can hear and understand the invitation in the midst of this all, what would happen if you laid down the worldly pursuit in front of you and pursued the voice of God in your life? This is not to say parents or spouses should abandon their families, but see their families as their calling to make disciples. That we each heard Jesus reminds us our work and life is not about self-satisfaction, but about Kingdom impact.
Jesus calls us to Follow Him, not to pursue power or wealth or prestige, but to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God, then all of these things will be added unto us. What if we believed him and we worked to change our nation not just at the polls, but every day through Christian Love and Generosity? What if each believer invested in the life and faith journey of young Christians and unbelievers on their spiritual journeys?
There is nothing stale about the call of Jesus to Follow Him. In fact, it is probably the hardest thing you will ever do. But it is also the most powerful thing you will ever do. Jesus will use mundane, everyday activities to bring His kingdom and power into this world through you. NO longer will you be enslaved to the pressures of the world, but you will be unleashed with the freedom of an eternal perspective.
Ask yourself these two questions to follow Jesus every day and you will be surprised how much God will use you to make a present and eternal impact in our world.
Where is God leading me today?
How am I going to respond to HIS leadership today?