“Come, follow Me.”
These are the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ, beckoning His disciples to begin their journey with Him; to leave the known and delve into the unknown. We, who are the called, have been issued the same invitation. Jesus calls to us and says, “Come, follow Me.” And so begins our walk of faith.
Come - We are facing Him, turned to Him in relationship. In effect, we are leaving the old life behind. Jesus invites us to come to him daily and learn of Him, of His meekness and humility. It is only after we come to Him in humility that we can go to the world and preach the gospel of salvation in His name.
Think about it: Jesus calls us to come not just once, but daily. How is your relationship with Him right now?
Follow - Our focus is set on the One who leads us. We are not in the lead position. We move in obedience to His will. As we follow Jesus we will journey from glory to glory as we are being transformed into His image. He may or may not change our physical location, but He will definitely cause a metamorphosis in our souls.
Think about it: Not being in the lead position means not being able to see the big picture. Is there an area in your life where you’ve run out ahead of Jesus to find your own way?
Me - Jesus speaks to us directly, extending a personal invitation. His invitation is exclusive. We are not to pursue other disciples or leaders, but Jesus alone. Although we may find wonderful examples in others who follow Jesus beautifully, their lives are not to be our goal. We must be close enough to Jesus to hear His still, small voice speaking to us, as it says in Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” The Word of God is the primary means by which we know God. Read and study God’s Word directly.
Think about it: Have you followed the teaching or writing of someone over the Word of God? Do you check out what they have to say on a matter before you pray and soak up the Scriptures?
We are each called to journey with our Savior on a life-long walk that is uniquely suited to each believer’s development and growth in Christ. Sometimes, we are tempted to compare our walk with another’s, evaluating and comparing progression, perfection and punctuality. However, the evaluation lies within Jesus’ jurisdiction, with the fruit of Spirit as evidence of our walk’s success. But it isn’t enough to begin the journey well. We must finish well if we want to receive the reward. The Apostle Paul encourages us in Philippians 3:14 where he says, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
So then, “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23) We are called to walk a faithful walk with a faithful God.
Hello! My name is Vicki Johnson, aka, gracefilledgirl.