The Command to Follow

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.   Matthew 9:9 ESV

“Follow Me” are two of the most powerful words to ever proceed from the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ.  These words never leave you the same as they find you.  They will forever alter the course of your life, just ask Matthew.  I would like to share with you a few thoughts about this command to follow.

The command to follow is a very clear directive that involves no beating around the bush.  There was absolutely no doubt in Jesus’ mind regarding what He was asking Matthew to do.  Neither was there any doubt in Matthew’s mind about what Jesus said to him.  The only question left in anyone’s mind was how Matthew would respond.

The command to follow is also an incredibly profound command.  I mean, think of the implications!  What would it mean to follow Jesus? What all would it involve?  Or, think of it this way:  what would the implications be for not following?  You have to wonder if Matthew consider these things before he responded.

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At the same time the command to follow is also very simple.  There is really nothing complicated about it.  All Matthew had to do was get up and start walking!  And every day he had to make the same simple decision to the same simple command.  He had to get up and follow.

The command for us to follow Jesus is as direct to us as it was to Matthew.  The is no uncertainty in the mind of the Master as to what He is asking us to do.  The implications for us today are just as profound as they were in Matthew’s day.  At the same time,the command and the response are just as simple:  get up and start walking.

The only question left to be answered is, how will we respond?

MD

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