In Matthew 4:19-20 Jesus says to Peter and Andrew, “‘Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”
Matthew 9:9 says, “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.”
Sometimes I wish Jesus would walk up to me and say those words: “Follow me,” because much of the time I forget the reason I’m here. Instead of doing as Peter , Andrew and Matthew, dropping my nets or leaving my lucrative business, I want to rationalize why I shouldn’t follow Him with abandon.
Or maybe I could conditionally follow Him, bringing along my wealth, security, comfort. Or what about my schedule, can I bring that? Maybe I can follow Him and still cling to my habits? What about my time, can’t I reserve some for myself?
How difficult it is to remember that I am here, not to serve myself, but to proclaim the good news, to love unconditionally through actions, and to follow with reckless abandon… because He does say, “Follow me,” Every.single.day. In the poor, the needy, the orphan, the widow, and the neighbor.