Following Jesus

by Dr. J.C. House
05/27/2023

John 21:19 - “This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.”

Scripture reading Luke 9:23-26

“Where He Leads Me”
I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling
I can hear my Savior calling, Take thy cross, and follow me.
Where He leads me, I will follow, Where He leads me, I will follow,
Where He leads me I will follow, I’ll go with Him all the way.

We may have complicated discipleship in our efforts to help new converts. As those who text today would say “TMI”, too much information. This thought comes from an interesting statement that Jesus used to define discipleship. The first two words Jesus spoke to Peter and the other disciples were these words, “Follow Me”. I suspect that is the same message He would convey to us today, “If you wish to be my disciple, follow me.”

Matthew 4:19, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
John 1:43, “The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.”

Now, if that were our discipling plan, what would we do?

I. WE WOULD FOLLOW THE LORD TO CHURCH
Luke 4:16, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” This does not need explanation, just obedience. We need it to be our custom as well…CHURCH.

II. WE WOULD FOLLOW THE LORD IN PRAYER
Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Perhaps this is the most difficult discipline for the Christian. Consistent prayer. It may be difficult, but the Christian can enter into the prayer closet in the midst of a multitude. It takes desire and concentration to follow Jesus. Luke 9:28, “And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.”

III. WE WOULD FOLLOW THE LORD IN SERVICE
Luke 9:37, “And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.”  There is a lesson for us to learn here. The Lord had not gone apart to pray simply to enjoy an ecstatic experience of communion with God, not at all. His time with God provided Him with what He needed in order to minister to others. As a matter of fact, He said His purpose here was to serve. Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Jesus defined greatness not in terms of how many people one has authority over, but of how one ministers to the needs of others. Matthew 20:26-28, “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

WILL YOU FOLLOW HIM?
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