Feb 9: Jesus Expects Us to Actually Follow Him.
When Jesus said Follow Me…First, we see it is a “personal invitation”, which requires a personal response.
This is Different, from the way Many People Think about Following Jesus.
Following Jesus really means “to adopt” Jesus as the local rabbi of our lives. To sit under His wisdom in order to learn from Him about the heavenly Father and about life with the Father, and to serve Him in every possible way. It means to give Him the highest priority as the supreme relationship of life out of which every other relationship and activity is defined and directed. It means putting Jesus at the center. Giving Him the lead…Learning of God’s Love for us, His power, faithfulness, and intentions for our life. It Means to Learn what really matters in life, kingdom values, and how-to live-in faith and obedience.
Matt. 16:24 Jesus said, “If you are willing to come after me, pick up your cross and follow me”
KEY: He died on a cross and rose again to rescue you from sin and death, and He really is the life giver…And Because of that it wise to heed His Call… “Follow me!”
Amazingly, these men did follow Jesus. They left behind their old lives for a new one with Jesus…They left behind their boats, their nets, business and families to live with Him and go where He would go.
Did they totally understand Jesus and what He was about at that point in time?
And so, began an adventure that changed and Transformed their lives for Eternity.
***This same Jesus, who called the fisherman to Himself by the Sea of Galilee, after His resurrection, has continued to call people through the centuries to follow Jesus. Millions upon millions of people around the globe have answered the call to follow Him over the centuries…Lives have been transformed and enriched. I’ve never heard of any of His followers say they were sorry they followed Jesus.
Enough about fishermen... Today I want talk about you. As I said earlier…Everyone Follows Someone!
Who are you following these days? Are you living daily in close proximity to Him, learning from Him, and serving Him in this world? Are you unconditionally committed to the cause of Building His kingdom? If not, He’s calling you today. He says, Follow me. I have big plans for your life.
What You’ll Discover is that Life with JESUS in the Lead, is an Adventure You Really Don’t Want to Miss!
following Jesus…First, involves Trusting in what He’s done for you at the cross and the victory He gained for you at the empty grave. Heb 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
It involves Dropping Your Nets, like those disciples did, which symbolizes anything that might inhibit or prohibit your complete commitment to follow Christ. It might be people in your life or things, possessions, money that is controlling You. It might mean personal dreams. It might be secret sins you need to give up. It might be personal pride that can keep a person from Fully Submitting to Christ.
Are you clinging to any nets in your hand? Do you have any rope burns? Dropping those nets involves an ongoing relationship with Jesus, a passionate pursuit of getting to know Christ.
To Follow is moving into a deepening intimacy with Christ – Coming to know Him…Not Just About Him
“Starting out as a follower is the easy step. Staying on the road with Him is the challenge. Jesus is looking for followers.” Joe Stowell
Most stop short of that, quite satisfied to relate to Him; accept His liberation from hell; praise Him; find comfort, solace, and joy in Him, and be intrigued by Him. But few are bent toward unconditionally following Him, and that is what will make all the difference in the world.”
Do you count yourself as a true follower of Jesus Christ? Or are You Just a Fan?
At the start, I said that Jesus Expects Us to Actually Follow! Following Jesus means a Radical Decision A Change of Direction…A New Purpose and Making Different Choices.
Point: “Lukewarm Christians Call “RADICAL” What Jesus Expected of All His Followers”.