Tuesday, September 20, 2011
"If any of you wants to serve Me, then follow Me. Then you will be where I am, ready to serve at a moments notice." John 12:26
It's easy to follow Jesus in a crowd of believers; will I follow Him alone in a world that mocks and ridicules Him? It's easy to follow Jesus down familiar streets in quiet, peaceful neighborhoods; will I follow Him into the inner city where gangs reign, where life is cheap, it's sold on every corner, where the only respite from reality is available from drug dealers, where drive by shootings are as common as the mail delivery? It's easy to follow Jesus when you are in His presence, high on a mountaintop with no distractions; but will I follow Him when all I have left is the sound of His voice, for the awareness of His presence has been hidden from me? It's easy to follow Jesus in the light of day when you can see what lies ahead, am I willing to follow Him into the darkness where even the path seems treacherous? The answer lies in the answer to another question, do I love Jesus Christ? Jesus defines love as obedience. "The person who knows My commandments and keeps them, that's who loves Me." John 14:21. Love is a verb it requires action, when we hear "Follow Me" and we respond by following without looking back, we are showing Christ our love for Him. Who exactly are we following? The Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, our Deliverer, our Good Shepherd, the Lamb of God, The Lion of the tribe of Judah, The King of kings and The LORD of lords, The Alpha, The Omega, The Prince of Peace, The Word of God, our Strong tower, The Light of the World, The Bread of Life, Absolute Sovereign, Creator, Son of God, Son of Man, Author of Life, Emanuel, Holy One, Wonderful Counselor, The Way, The Truth, The Life! O praise His Holy Name!!! How can we possibly refuse to follow?