It is the powerful two-word sentence that changed the world. With these two words, Jesus Christ assembled His twelve apostles that He molded, shaped and empowered them with the anointing of Holy Spirit to bring the message of salvation to the entire human race. He promised them, saying: “I will make you fishers of men, if you follow me.” “And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:17-18 ESV) That is the promised wages of their obedience. He did not promise them wealth, but greater than wealth and fame was the fact that the faithful apostles paved the way of eternity to millions all over the world. Even in the twenty-first century the power of the gospel is still transforming men and women.
Perhaps we are wondering: “What does it entail to follow the Lord?” We can consider this in the light of the understanding the word of God. Following Jesus entails diligence. The faithful followers of Jesus Christ bid bye-bye to the world and all the alluring things thereof in order to wholeheartedly follow the Lord. “Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:61-62 ESV) Following the Lord includes patterning one’s life after the ways of righteousness and holiness of God. It includes learning and knowing the blessed will of God and living day by day in it. Jesus is the light of the world, he walks in the light. When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV) “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5 NIV)
Jesus Christ is noted for doing good to all people. The sick were made whole, blind received their sight, the lame walked at His command, the dead were raised, and sinners received forgiveness. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38 KJV) In obedience He does the blessed will of His father in Heaven. He desired His followers to do the same. “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:50 KJV)
Jesus Christ was constantly and consistently praying unto His Father in Heaven. He never broke communication with the Creator. He took time to teach His followers to pray in a specific pattern popularly known as our Lord’s Prayer. One of the specific responsibilities for the followers of our Lord Jesus Christ is praying. Prayer is a way of giving a feedback unto the Master about everything that is going on in our Christian activities and commanded that with supplication and with thanksgiving we should make our requests and petitions known unto God. (Philippians 4:6) He encourages His followers to pray with assurance that their prayers will not be in vain. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14 KJV) Are you ready to launch in to this glorious venture of following the Lord? You will never regret the precious decision you make today, in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer: Oh Lord, greater is the grace of knowing you. I have pitched my tent under the canopy of your love. Endow me with the spirit of discipleship so that I can follow you without looking back into the world in Jesus name, Amen.