For Christ followers, this is old school terminology. We’ve been ‘following’ for over 2000 years. It was Jesus that ignited the most significant worldwide invitation of all times when He invited 12 unlikely men to follow Him.
Let’s go there…
It’s midday in Galilee. The sun is hot, a blanket of dust covers the weary traveler who comes into town by way of Judea. The town people have heard of him and knew he was coming. Word traveled quickly of miracles, prophesy and outlandish claims made by a very peculiar, humble carpenter from Nazareth.
“His name is Jesus. Says he’s the Messiah,” you hear them whisper as he passes. “Son of God he claims . . . but we all know nothing good comes out of Nazareth.” He meets their critical eyes with an expression that lacks both worry and offense. They whisper unaware that he can hear their hearts. Entangled in their quiet chatter, this tribal leader also hears their overwhelming need.
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them;
and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
- The decision: That day in Galilee they dropped their nets and followed Him and since that time, millions have decided to follow. It is the response to the most important invitation ever extended – the one that is there for the ‘whosoever will’ from every generation.
- The promise: He promised before He left, that He would send His Holy Spirit (the power source) to enable His followers to do greater things than He had done. (WOW!)
- The expectation: He charged His believers to share the Truth to the ends of the earth.
What kind of people are you following? Why do they interest you?