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9th April 2024


Follow Me

Follow Me is the call that Jesus made & is constantly making.
He issued that call when He walked the earth & He continues to make that call in our day.
It is the call to discipleship & to learn from Him how to walk in the will, word & ways of God.
It is an open invitation to abundant life (John 10:10) that requires a daily response & ongoing commitment.
It will be the theme & focus of our thoughts in this TFD series.


Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Matthew 4:19 & 9:9 NKJV


As Jesus walked this earth He called people to follow Him.
In the scriptures above fisherman & a tax-collector left everything to do just that – follow Jesus.
It is incredible that grown men would leave the family business or lucrative employment to follow Jesus.
There was something deeply attractive & hugely compelling about the man Jesus Christ.
There was a supernatural magnetism around Him then & there still is today. SELAH

Over the coming days we will think about what it means to follow Jesus.
We will explore in more detail:

  • The call to follow Christ
  • What it is to follow Christ’s example
  • How we are to follow Jesus’ instructions & commands
  • How we are to follow Jesus wholeheartedly

Discipleship is for every day & it makes significant demands upon us (Luke 8:26)!! SELAH

People in our day are constantly competing on social media & the internet for followers.
Jesus, who walked this earth over 2 thousand years ago, has over 2.4 billion people in the world professing to follow Him today.
Remarkably, these disciples want to be with Him, know Him more, be more like Him, do all He asks of them & help others to know Him too.
Despite being a 1st century Jew who rarely set foot outside of Israel, Jesus’ followers come from every tribe, tongue, people & nation (Revelation 5:9). Jesus has a global reach & worldwide appeal. If you are going to follow anyone, then follow Jesus!! SELAH

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I seeking to be a committed follower of Jesus?
  • Think back to what it was that made you first start following Jesus?
  • Meditate upon Jesus’ call to Follow Him.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the attraction & magnetism of Your Son Jesus, my Saviour,
That He leads me in Your ways & unto eternal & abundant life.
Jesus, thank you that You are my Saviour & friend,
That You have called me to follow You in newness of life.
Holy Spirit keep me close to & faithfully following Jesus,
Daily walking in His ways & seeking to imitate His example
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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