Who are you following?
The first ministry charge that Jesus gave was simple and straight to the point. It wasn’t attend my “Church”, he had none. It wasn’t become “A Christian”, it wasn’t a term he was used to. His first charge was very simple, straightforward and still relevant today – “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” What Jesus looked for, and is still looking for is not congregation members, it’s followers. In converse, the question to you is not who is your pastor? Which ministry are you committed to? Where do you worship or where is your warship. The key question, is “who are you following?”
Before you rush to answer and say – “Jesus of course”, let’s quickly lay down what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
1. First, the parameters identifying followers is quite clear, even from his first statement and charge. – “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”. This implies that the proof of following is what you are made into! You cannot claim to be following Jesus, if after a few years, you have no record of becoming a fisher of men yourself. It means the proof of your followership, is that you also have become someone creating followers with followers. It’s “Follow me, and”, it’s not follow me, maybe, or follow me, or. A direct consequence of lining up behind Jesus is having a few people lined up behind you, and a few people lined up behind them. Let’s be very clear, if nobody is following you, you are not following Jesus! Matthew 4:19. …