The Life Of Christ - The Imperative to Follow - Tuesday, January 16th
As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him. Mark 1:16-20
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The true meaning of life is all about being with Jesus and being with Jesus begins and continues on with responding to his imperative to follow him. Jesus simply said to Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, and John, “Follow me” and they did exactly that by leaving their nets and going with him. Granted their following Jesus was not the same as ours at this point but it became the same with the giving of the Holy Spirit after our risen Savior returned to heaven. Upon hearing the message of the gospel today, we come face to face with Jesus and his offer of forgiveness and his imperative to follow him. When we respond in faith to Christ and the gospel we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our inner being Christ’s presence becomes a reality in our hearts and lives. This is how we initially become followers of Christ. Then we learn to be with Jesus and abide in his presence as we walk (follow) with him on the journey of life. Like the disciples of old we become ones who are instrumental in helping others follow Christ (I will make you become fishers of men).
Jesus called these four men and eight more to himself and they became the 12 apostles. While the apostles would have a unique role in establishing the church of Jesus Christ, as a band of men gathered around Jesus, they serve as a model for us for how we gain the support we need for staying on track with following Jesus. We, too, need a small band of others who regularly gather together around Jesus (small groups) for encouragement and support so that the life in Christ in each of becomes sure and steady (read Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-16 and Hebrews 4:12-14, 10:19-25 for some amazing detail on all of this).
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, what an amazing thing it is to be your true follower. Thank you for making your home in my heart and life so that my continuing to follow you is really happening. Thank you for the opportunities you provide for me to give and receive support for following you closely and fully. The fellow-followers in my life are a true blessing. Grant that more and more I become an actual fisher of men. Amen!
Posted on Tue, January 16, 2018
by Ken Hart