What does it mean to follow Jesus?
What does it mean to follow?
When I was in elementary school, I was taught a game called "follow the leader." It's a simple game to play. One person is designated as the "leader" and everyone else would have to follow everything that he/she did. Anyone that did not follow what the leader did was out of the game. The game was played until everyone but one was out. Then he/she would become the leader and the game would begin again.
While following Jesus is not a game, it follows the same principle of that elementary game: follow the leader. Following Jesus involves intentionality. Following Jesus involves a choice. We can choose to follow, or not follow Jesus.
But do we know who we're following? Do we know who Jesus is? He once asked His disciples in Matthew 16:15, "who do you say that I am?" He had asked them what everyone else said about Him. Now Jesus got personal and specific with them: who did they, the disciples, say who Jesus was?
I turn that question to you and me today. Some of us have grown up in a Christian home, grew up in a church community or went to a Christian school. We've been taught about Jesus, but I wonder, do we have personal knowledge of Him? What I mean by that is that, have we made it a personal pursuit to know who He really is?
It's vital, it's imperative for us to know who He is in order for us to make the life-changing choice to follow Him. To be a Christian is not to follow ideals or doctrine - it's to follow a Person.
To know Christ changes things - it changes you. Have you gotten to know Jesus Christ?
If you haven't, Jesus appeals to you today: get to know Me.