“Come, follow me,” Jesus said”
He led them. This is very much behind the call of Jesus the Messiah to first Peter and Andrew and then James and John, the early disciples. The call was to come to Him and then to follow Him. It was not to tag along at a distance, like the crowds and the religious leaders, but to follow close by and to become a part of His life and ministry. It was, in fact, a call to put their lives and their futures into His hands – even although at that stage they had no full understanding of His real identity and no idea of where the journey would take them. What they obviously did see, however, was that there was something about this man that they did not want to lose – so they let Him take control of their lives.
One thing that became very obvious, as they followed Jesus, was that He was very clear about His life and ministry and particularly where He was going. That was to the suffering and death of His final visit to Jerusalem. But it was more than that. It was through it to the glory of the resurrection for all humankind, and then to the ascension back to the right hand of God from whence one day He would return as King of kings and Lord of lords. His call to those early disciples to follow Him was meant, from His side, to be a journey that would only end in the eternal love, light and presence of the Almighty Father.
Jesus call to us is exactly the same. It is not a summons to be with Him for a short stage or season. It is the call not only for the remainder of this life but for the eternity to come as well. “Come, follow Me” and then His great prayer later in John’s Gospel,
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:24)
In the days that lie ahead, and whether the skies be clear or filled with dark clouds, we need at all times to be aware that our Lord is leading us to a certain and secure destination – and nothing will distract Him from it or prevent His taking us there with Him. And in the process He will transform us more and more into the people of His vision and intention – just as He did with the early disciples.
Keep reminding yourself that you have been called by, and are walking with, the Lord. Your life has purpose and a destination. Talk to Him, read His word, ask for His guidance and help, and practice trusting Him.
Lord Jesus, please help me to walk very closely with You through the year, and to look to You all the time for all that I need. Amen.