In the last eight days of Lent we have accepted the challenge, met a man named Matthew who left his life without hesitation to be a disciple of Jesus, we have laid down our lives on God’s altar, we talked about the woman at the well who met Jesus and never went back to her life the same, she did not become a disciple but I assure you she spent her life following Jesus. We talked about opening our Bibles and digging deeply into his incredible word because when we follow after God we need his “living and active” instruction. Last but not least… redemption, which is where following Jesus begins. While each piece may seem scattered at the end of our Lent study there will be a picture painted of what it means to follow Jesus.
Webster’s dictionary classifies follow as a transitive verb…fret not because I will be honest and say I have never heard of a transitive verb, but I think you are going to like this…a transitive verb is a verb that takes one or more objects. When we follow Jesus it’s a transitive verb because it takes Jesus AND you. When we follow Jesus it’s not just Jesus, we have an action role to complete.
Follow is defined in Merriam-Webster as:
1. to go, proceed, or come after. <follow the guide>
2. a. to engage in as a calling or way of life.
b. to walk or proceed along <follow a path>
3. a. to be or act in accordance with <follow directions>
b. to accept as authority: obey
4. to seek to attain <follow knowledge>
5. to come into existence or take place as a result or consequence of
6. a. to come or take place after in time, sequence, or order
b. to cause to be followed
7. to copy after
8. a. to watch steadily
b. to keep the mind on
c. to attend closely to
d. to understand the sense or logic of
Each definition of follow can be linked to following Jesus, not only is it a transitive verb which means it takes us and Jesus to make it happen but it is an all out action, not just following with our feet but with our heart and mind. We cannot follow Christ without redemption, just like the warm sun on our faces His redemption is waiting to shine on us. We cannot follow whole heartily after God without a sold out and fully involved relationship with Him, Jesus is one hundred percent invested and ready to have that relationship with you, but now its up to you to accept the magnificent majesty of His redemption. He is waiting for you…there is no prerequisite, just bring your brokenness to Jesus.
He is asking you…’Will you Follow Me?’