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11th April 2024


Follow Me

Follow Me was, and is the call of Jesus & there are currently 2.4 billion people on this planet following Him.
That shows the power & magnetism that there is in Jesus of Nazareth – God’s Son & our Saviour.
Follow me is the call to discipleship & the call to take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23-24).
As we saw yesterday it is the way we follow Jesus’ example & it is the path of self-sacrifice, submission unto the Lord & service
Following Jesus also means that we must live by His teaching, instruction & commands.
This will be our theme & focus for today.


Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:19:22 NKJV


Following Jesus is not for the faint-hearted & there is to be no turning back.
Jesus must take centre stage & be the first priority in our lives. This being one of the demands of discipleship.
We are to follow Christ with passion, perseverance & full commitment. Discipleship carries a cost.
The invitation is to be responded to NOW & not at a convenient time for us!!
Our promises & performance must marry up. SELAH

We must be both devoted & disciplined in following Jesus as His disciples.
We must be hearing, heeding & putting into practice the things He teaches, instructs & commands (John 14:15; Luke 6:46).
This will need careful attention & diligent application. There will be things that are difficult to understand & do.
Challenges & difficulties to overcome along the way but we must maintain our pursuit of Christ.
He is with us & has given us the Holy Spirit to strengthen & resource us as we follow Him.

If we truly love Jesus we will wholeheartedly follow His commands. They will be a delight for us.
If He is really the Lord & Master of our lives we will readily do what He asks of us. Loyal service.
The most pressing commandment He requires of us is to love the Lord & to love one another (Matthew 22:37; John 13:34).
As we obediently follow Jesus’s instructions & commands we get to live & abide in the love that Jesus alone can provide. SELAH
Be encouraged, comforted & strengthened as you continue to follow Jesus.
You have decided to follow Jesus so no turning back!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways have you been tempted to turn back from following Jesus?
  • What particular thing is Jesus asking & requiring of me right now?
  • Meditate upon what it means to put into practice Jesus’ teaching, instructions & commands.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the way You watch over & care for me each day,
Draw me ever deeper into Your great love, light & life.
Jesus, thank you that You fully encompass me in Your love,
Help me to fully love the Lord, my brothers & sisters in the faith & those I encounter each day.
Holy Spirit keep me attending to the Lord’s commands & rightly applying them in my life,
Keep me following Jesus with passion, perseverance & total commitment.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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