January 5, 2022
The Year of our Lord, Jesus Christ
January 5, 2022
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
The essence of Biblical Christianity is found in this verse. In two simple words the Lord Jesus sums up that which every child of God should do. Follow me! That’s it. It’s no deeper than that. Follow me is the Lord’s invitation to any and all who desire to serve Him.
When thinking about following Him someone may ask as Thomas did: Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? (John 14:5) To which Jesus spoke to the disciple those immortal words: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) Jesus is “the way.” For a child of God there is no other way than Him. Just follow Him.
To follow Him, one must know Him. Be with Him. Read of Him. Talk to Him. Become totally immersed with Him and Him alone. In a world that always seems to demand more and more, it takes a strong person to say “no,” I’m going to pause for a while and spend time with Him. The cares of this life fight against the cares of the next. But wait a minute, are you saying that a child of God should be so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good. No, there is a balance to be found. But frankly, if given the choice wouldn’t it be better to be so heavenly minded you’re no earthly good, than to be so earthly minded you’re no heavenly good? While in this world follow Him and you will be both heavenly minded and earthly minded. The proper balance will be found. He knows that temporal needs must be addressed and managed. So too, though, spiritual needs must also be addressed and managed.
Seventeen times Jesus uses the term “Follow me.” Over the next few weeks, we will look at each for each seem to teach something a little different from all the rest. For example, in our verse today the Lord said, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Don’t be surprised when upon following Him for a while your concern for the spiritual wellbeing of others becomes a central concern in your life. After all, if a person follows Jesus, He will make them fishers of men. Perhaps this is why there are so few genuinely concerned with winning others to Christ, they are not following Him, so they are not made to be fishers.
Just a thought.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.