We like to think that following Jesus means that we walk in His footsteps as He leads the way. It’s a great lesson of what we call, leadership.
However, His idea of being followed was more along the lines – do what I do, be who I am, see as I see.
To enable us to follow Him, He takes us into situations that enable us to watch Him do His thing and to follow Him in that example as we enter similar situations.
One of the things Jesus enjoyed most was when He called someone to follow Him, He went to their house to enjoy a meal, and this new follower of Jesus would be the host. Of course, being a new follower of Jesus, this persons friends would like them, sinners. So the sinners, mixed up with the religious leaders of the day who somehow allows found a way into the home would eat together.
The religious leaders of the day did not get it. How could Jesus, this dynamic leader, associate Himself with such ungodly people.
Many of us like to think we are secret agents, infiltrating the enemy ranks ready to expose and then bring these people to Jesus. Unfortunately you know the story for many of these secret agents. They fell into the same lifestyle of those they were trying to expose and were lost forever. Jesus did not come as a secret agent. He never hid His true identity. He came as a physician to heal the sick and walked and talked and ate among them.
When He drank, He was never drunk. When He ate, He never binged. When He talked, it was about the kingdom of God.
I believe that following Jesus means that we take Him with us wherever we go. Following means that we are in such close proximity to Him that we can reach out and hold His hand at any moment in time when that would be necessary. Following means we do things the way He would, basically we would reflect His character as the moon reflects the sun.
So the invitation to follow is one of relationship – enjoy it, it will change your life.
- David Platt Wants You to Get Serious About Following Christ (christianitytoday.com)