Like several of you, I have a Twitter account. Twitter is a social media outlet that allows a person to follow friends as they make short post up to 140 characters. Every few weeks Twitter will send me an email with suggestions of people I may want to consider following. Sometimes I know the people suggested and sometimes I don’t. Most of the time, the reason Twitter makes the suggestion in the first place is because I have something in common with the person mentioned. I will then click on their profile and read about them and decide whether or not I want to follow this particular person.
Sometimes I choose to follow the people suggested and sometimes I don’t. It really depends on whether or not I believe the person is worth following.
Peter, Andrew, James and John had a similar choice to make. Matthew records, “Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him” (Matthew 4:18-22).
When the suggestion to follow Jesus was made to these four men, they had to weigh the options and decide whether or not they believed following Jesus was worth their time. Apparently, it was! All four immediately left their nets (probably full of fish which meant lots of $$$) and walked away from their livelihood to follow after Jesus. Jesus was worth following!
My question to you is, “Who do you follow?” Is following Jesus worth your time? Are you willing to walk away even from your livelihood if necessary, in order to follow after Jesus? If not, why not?
Jesus is worthy to be followed head and shoulders above anyone else in this world. Why not accept the suggestion and invitation (Matthew 11:28-30) to follow Him?
I came across the following this morning and wanted to share it with you.
You Ask Why I Follow This Jesus
You ask why I follow this Jesus?
Why I love Him the way I do?
When the world’s turned away from His teachings
And the people who serve Him are few.
It’s not the reward I’m after
Or gifts that I hope to receive;
It’s the Presence that calls for commitment,
It’s the Spirit I trust and believe.
The Lord doesn’t shelter His faithful
Or spare them all suffering and pain.
Like everyone else I have burdens,
And walk through my share of rain.
Yet he gives me a plan and purpose,
And that joy only Christians have known.
I never know what comes tomorrow,
But I do know I’m never alone.
It’s the love always there when you need it;
It’s the words that redeem and inspire.
It’s the longing to ever be with Him
That burns in my heart like a fire.
So you ask why I love my Lord Jesus?
Well, friend, that’s so easy to see.
But the one thing that fills me with wonder
Is why Jesus loves someone like me.
Now that’s Something to Think About!