Jesus is CALLING us to Follow Him and Center our Lives on Him!
When Jesus met the disciples fishing at the sea in Matthew 4 it tells us: And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”
Webster defines FOLLOW as to imitate someone and to accept as authority; and also to attend closely to and keep our mind on.
Creatures are meant to follow. There is always a leader or influencer and then those who follow. Geese fly in formation; ducklings follow their mother duck; many types of animals travel in a school. Children play the game Follow the Leader. Humans follow their favorite singing artist and movie star, to keep abreast of what ever they are doing and often traveling to see them perform. There are followers of teachers, philosophers, theologians, politicians, celebrities. To follow implies that we are not in charge or leading ourselves but instead doing what someone whom we respect and believe tells us to do. Following involves a degree of willing submission.
The first followers of Jesus were called disciples and we are also His disciples. The word “disciple” is defines as a person who is an adherent of the doctrines of another. Therefore, we learn what the doctrines of Jesus are and then live our lives adhering to them. We were actually created by God to walk with Him and follow Him closely. But mankind throughout history has been distracted and lured away by many other teachings and promises of worldly fame, fortune and power.
Unfortunately many of us have to experience many disappointments, heartaches and disillusionment before seeking God again to follow. Proverbs 9:10 tells us The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Solomon, who was the richest and the wisest man to live, proclaims in Ecclesiates that there is a season for everything and ends his words about life and wisdom by saying “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”
So again I say that I hear Jesus CALLING us NOW to FOLLOW Him and I know that we will not regret it. This is what we were created for and where true fulfillment lies.