This now has a new meaning with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow me! Show me that you like me, are interested in me, and want to view my life. Long before these social media tools were in play, Jesus used the phrase “follow me.”
New International Version (NIV)
19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
Just a fast word this morning. Isn’t it interesting how much we look around at other people. Certainly we have seen this with kids — “What about him?” — is always a question asked about a sibling when you ask one to sweep the patio.
What I say to myself . . . keep on doing what Jesus has called you to do. Don’t look to the left, don’t look to the right, and don’t look at others. What does it look like, what does it mean, to “Follow me.” This is what Jesus says to you and to me.
One thing it means for our family is we go to church. It means we have to leave the house at 8 AM on Sunday’s. It doesn’t matter what we did on Saturday night, what football games are on, or how we ‘feel’ on Sunday morning. “What is that to you? You must follow me!” There are other examples, but for us, this is one. How about you?
Have a great Sunday! Think about this phrase . . . “Follow me.”