Come, Follow Me!

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “follow”.

“”Come, follow me,” Jesus said.” (Matthew 4:19 NIV)

At its heart the Christian life is a call to follow – to be open to God’s leading, to do what he asks, to attempt, like Jesus, to do only what we see the Father doing.

Sometimes it can be hard. Are we truly following God, or are we being swayed by the voices around us?

Following Jesus looks different for each person. When we’re seeking to follow, others may not understand. His calling for each one of us is different.

After Jesus’ resurrection, when Jesus spoke with Peter, he shared something of what lay ahead for Peter as he continued to follow, but when Peter asked about John, Jesus’s reply was simple: “What is that to you? As for you, follow me.” (John 21:22 NLT)

If we’re going to follow, our eyes must be on God rather than on those around us.

Following is also sacrificial. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.”” (Matthew 16:24 NLT)

In a world that is obsessed with comfort, which encourages us to look out for number one, Jesus calls us to give up our own desires and comforts and to follow him.

It doesn’t mean it’s always easy to discern. This week, I’ve seen the fruit of serving sacrificially in one situation, but I’ve also wrestled with another, where I see a need but don’t know if stepping in to meet it would truly be following or only attempting to fix it.

It’s not about following rules; it’s about following a person, and the only way we can do that is by staying close to him, listening to his voice, and going where he calls us.


15 thoughts on “Come, Follow Me!

  1. Jesus said, “Come follow me!”,
    but I’ve got some suspicion,
    for maybe He just did not see
    that it’s a big decision.
    My bass boat carries quite a loan,
    and so too does the Benz.
    Got contracts on the mobile phone,
    and who knows where this ends?
    The gardener comes twice a week,
    and pool boy every Saturday.
    I’d truly love to Go And Seek,
    but how in blazes shall I pay
    those who keep my image bright
    with just a promise of The Light?

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  2. This is a great way to articulate our heart as Christians, Lesley, “It’s not about following rules; it’s about following a person.”

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  3. Lesley, such a thoughtful post! I LOVED your opening paragraph!

    “At its heart the Christian life is a call to follow – to be open to God’s leading, to do what he asks, to attempt, like Jesus, to do only what we see the Father doing.”

    Yes, we are called to follow Jesus, to walk in His footsteps. I so appreciate this reminder! It’s pretty simple in concept; a little more challenging to live out. But always worth it to live for Him.

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  4. Pray, listen, “trust and obey” his voice! Imagine if we all had the exact same specific instructions how little would be accomplished. We strive for unity in the body of Christ, moving forward “as each part does its work” (Eph. 4:16). I’m pretty sure that even though they’re both digits, my little toe has no idea what’s required of my pinkie finger! 😁
    (FMF #13)

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