Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How do I Follow?

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 NIV

“Follow me!” What does this mean? How do we follow someone who is not flesh and bones in front of us? Oswald Chambers writes, “This literal following of Jesus is no longer necessary; what men are called on to forsake today is sin and worldiness.” Is following Jesus today simply a matter of what we forsake or is there something we need to grab on to? What does it mean to follow? Could it mean to go where he goes/went and do what he does/did?

Where did Jesus go? He went into the cities, He travelled the countryside. He went to lonely places, to gardens, to the homes of religious leaders and the homes of the despised. He went to places where he could heal, where he could teach and preach, where he could spend time alone with his Father.

So how do I follow? Could it mean that I go wherever opportunities arise for me to go, regardless of my comfort level? What about the teaching, preaching and healing Jesus did? Can I do that? My theology says it’s possible but do I really believe I could? Do I believe enough that I’d be willing to look foolish enough to try?

I know one thing. Just as Jesus went to lonely places to spend time with God, I too can do that and as I do, he will show me where and what to do.

Lord, please lead me. Show me how to follow you. Show me how to go where Jesus went and do what Jesus did so that I can “catch” those people you want me to.

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