8/3: Follow Me

 

Jesus beaconed people with two simple words: follow me. When He called to some of the disciples, He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19 NKJ). To another, he said, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead”
(Matthew 8:22). When speaking with a larger group of seekers, Jesus explained,

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). To the rich young ruler, Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21). And Matthew, the tax collector, needed no other comment but the words “Follow me” themselves, “So he arose and followed Him” (see Matthew 9:9).

How much prodding do we need? Just as the call of Jesus was the same for the original followers and disciples, His call to us has not changed. The bottom line of Jesus’ call is to follow Him: no agendas, no pre-conceived notions, no plans of our own. We aren’t to follow Jesus because we have some cause to trumpet, some point to make, or some position to prove. Our one and only aim is to follow Him. The result will be that we will become like Him. Only when we’ve taken on His character traits will others be attracted to Him through us, and then they too will hear His voice (not ours) saying, “Follow Me.”

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame,

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Boomerangs to Arrows: A Godly Guide for Launching Young Adult Children, available for pre-sale from www.JudsonPress.com and all major online book buying sites.

~ by sanewriter on August 3, 2013.

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