I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
And [Jesus] said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
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1. I have decided to follow Jesus
The Bible is filled with wonderful and helpful descriptors of what Christ offers sinners when He says, “Follow me.”
From Darkness to Light
“Follow me!” Jesus calls. Christ, the light has called me out of the darkness. I had become so used to the darkness that it seemed like a friend. The dark kept me company. When Christ first appeared to me, he was an enemy. The darkness I loved was exposed by Christ’s light. I felt shame. Run from the light? I can no longer. He is always behind me. Surrender to the light? I will lose the darkness that accompanied me these many years. Can I keep the darkness and claim the light? No, dark and light cannot abide in the same room.
Surrender to the light? Yes, and what joy! How hard it is to see clearly in the dark. How long I lived with my greatest hope only the next paycheck/relationship/pleasure. Christ the light has opened my eyes.
Rejecting My Kingdom for God’s Kingdom
“Follow me to My Kingdom!” Jesus calls. Christ offers entry into the universal realm and reign of God almighty. What is the cost? Everything. My kingdom is no good. My kingdom must surrender its territory and plans. My enterprises and investments are to be called in and handed over to the King.
This seems to be a serious risk. Shouldn’t I keep some of myself back from the King for a rainy day? Will He keep me safe if I fully surrender my old kingdom? Will He fail? Is this King the true King?
And [Jesus] went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. -Matthew 4:23
Though His Kingdom means great cost to my kingdom, I am given in return the safest place in eternity.
2. No turning back
When I see the Light given, displacing my darkness, I cannot return to the dark. The Light is better than the darkness, pure and life-giving. When I see the better Kingdom offered, more secure and grand than my own, I cannot return to my old shabby Kingdom. God’s Kingdom is stronger and more stable than my own. In fact, in His Kingdom I see that I am right where I belong, under this King.
And, when I see the Savior bid me follow Him, I am overwhelmed. My own path has always meant death, the end of all mankind. Jesus’ path meant death and life. His path meant a cross and a tomb emptied victoriously. I cannot turn back. I will follow Him in faith, plunging into His death and rising victoriously by His life. His death means my life, and my life is bound eternally to Him. No turning back.