Click to Follow Jesus

Throwback Thursday – This post was originally published March 8, 2010

In the digital age, it’s easy to follow someone. With one click of a mouse, you can become a follower of most anyone on Twitter. A decision to follow Christ can be the same. Just click on the “follow” button for Jesus and read the scripture tweets each day. But a true follower of Jesus will go much further than that.

When the disciples decided to follow Jesus, they left behind everything to follow Him. Simon (Peter) and Andrew left behind their career as fishermen and followed Jesus’ call (Mark 1:16-18). James and John also left their fishing career behind to follow Jesus and left their father Zebedee and his hired hands holding the nets (Mark 1:19-20). Matthew immediately left his tax collection booth to follow Jesus (Matt. 9:9).

Their choice to follow Christ required self sacrifice. Imagine Zebedee calling after his sons as they walk away with Jesus, “Hey! Where do you think you’re going? There’s work to do here.” Imagine how Matthew felt when the Pharisees criticized Jesus for dining in his home with the likes of tax collectors and sinners (Matt. 9:11). To the disciples, this wasn’t some casual friendship. They left behind their old life and took on a new life with Christ.

A commitment to follow Jesus  means replacing self with Christ. It’s a decision that must be made each day. In Luke 9:23, Jesus tells the crowd, “If anyone of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.” (NLT) His promise is that if you give up your life for Him, you will find true life.

© 2010 CGThelen

2 thoughts on “Click to Follow Jesus

  1. My Jewish friend, for whom I prayed for 25 years and who is now a Messianic Jew (!), has given me a lot of insight into the gospels through her Jewish background. She said when a traveling rabbi was looking for disciples, he would enter a village and go to the synagogue, where the recently Barmitsvah’d (sp?) boys would be lined up. The rabbi would choose the ones he wanted as followers with a phrase, meaning “Follow me,” or “I choose you.” To hear these words was the highest honor, and these were the very words Jesus spoke to the disciples – men who had years before been passed over. That may explain their eagerness to drop everything and follow Him.

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