Follow me. Quote possibly two of the most powerful yet most unexplained words in the Bible. If you simply look at the phrase “follow me,” you’ll find they’re quite simple to understand. You get up and you walk behind someone who is leading you somewhere, or you follow certain beliefs. But rarely is the complete story shown to you.
Sometimes “follow me” is all we get.
Jesus spoke to Peter and Andrew and said, “Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people.” But here’s what gets me: it says in verse 20 of Matthew 4, “At once they left their nets and followed him.”
At once. No questions. They just followed. And my problem?
I’ve got questions.
And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been under the leadership of some people who, quite frankly, I would have a hard time following into Wal-Mart. Their words didn’t mesh with their actions. Their hearts were hidden by their agenda. They told you what you wanted to hear and expected you to follow.
It’s unfortunate that people in leadership feel like they have to sugar-coat their vision. All Jesus said was “Follow me.” That’s it.
And that’s where my questions come in. Well, what are you going to want me to do? How long is this going to take? Can I finish what I’m doing here because this is going to be awesome? And probably one of my biggest and most-nagging questions is this: Why me?
Why me is one of my biggest questions. Why would the God of the universe and beyond want anything to do with Julie in her recliner in Fairfield? Why does He need me to work through. I’ve got nothing to offer. But as Christine Caine posted yesterday on Instagram, “Since the beginning of time, God has chosen the unlikely to do the unimaginable.”
Why did He choose Noah to build and ark? Joseph to save the nations? David to show us his heart? Zacchaeus to help show us redemption?
I think, in part, to show us that he can use ordinary people. He can use people who aren’t clean, who are broken, who have been wounded. All we have to do is follow him.
The path isn’t going to be revealed completely. The twists and turns and trials and victories, we aren’t going to know. And quite frankly, ”Follow me” is going to be all we get sometimes. And I think that’s okay. I think it takes a huge leap to just follow. The more you know Jesus, the more you know his character. And of course the more you know that he’s someone you want to strive to be like.
So you follow.
And sometimes your life gets flipped upside down. But that’s okay. I don’t think it’s for the destination that we’re asked to follow. I think that’s just an awesome prize. I think it’s for the journey. To teach us to be strong, unwavering, sure and to teach us to love and show grace and mercy. I think this is what we’re learning here.
And I think it’s totally worth dropping everything to follow.