I Will Follow
October 15, 2022 – Ron Green
Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”
Luke 9:61 NLT
I Will Follow You But !
But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
What did Jesus mean when he said to follow him?
Jesus’ call to follow him is more than an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life and find new life and ultimate joy in him.
What God removes he always replaces with something better?
God never removes something from our lives without replacing it with something far better. It might not seem so at the time, but we later marvel at God’s wisdom and goodness. Obey Him and heed what the Bible says: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2
The first of Jesus’s desciples.
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men. Mark 1:16-20
The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them. They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).
Jesus demonstrates extraordinary authority in the miraculous catch of fish and in His call of Peter Simon. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Luke 5:8-11
While both Greek and Jewish religious leaders were traditionally surrounded by a group of disciples it was more common for the disciples to search out a teacher, and for a teacher to express indifference to their followers. This verse clearly depicts Jesus’ actively recruiting his followers.
What makes you a disciple of Jesus?
A disciple is one who has been baptized and is willing to take upon him or her the name of the Savior and follow Him. A disciple strives to become as He is by keeping His commandments in mortality, much the same as an apprentice seeks to become like his or her master.
Discipleship is necessary because people need to know Jesus personally. Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples of all nations so that others could know Him. Discipleship is also necessary for you to be grown into maturity and transformed more into the person He has created you to be.
The calling of the first describes illustrates one of the purposes of Jesus’s ministry: to call people to follow Him in self-denying obedience. By accepting the invitation to follow Jesus is to accept the beliefs and lifestyle of the master. The idea of “Fishing for Men” is to participate in the saving and judging work for the Kingdom.
What did Jesus say about discipleship?
Here’s what He said, as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.
As an outdoorsman myself, I was drawn to the scriptures talking about “Fishing for Men.” Fishing has always been my favorite outdoor activity. I never was the top fishermen, but I enjoyed trying to be. Now I’m hooked on Jesus and I have chosen to throw out my nets and “Fish for Men” as a disciple of Christ Jesus. My favorite Bible verse of all time is Matthew 4:19. I pray that you have chosen to throw out your nets and follow Jesus as well.
——— Chaplain Ron