With those two words, one Man changed the lives of twelve others, and through them, the history of the world.
What was it like to follow Jesus? In their day, it meant tramping over dusty roads from town to town, to ordinary places where extraordinary things would happen. Near a cemetery, where they would meet a deranged man. To a wedding, where the water would suddenly turn to garnet and amaze the palate of unsuspecting guests. To a Samaritan well, where Jesus would do the unthinkable: talk to a woman and drink from her cup!
As time went on, those two words took on a deeper meaning. “Follow My words. Follow My mission. Follow my Example.”
We would like to think that life with Jesus was exciting, amazing and inspiring. But it was also unpredictable, dangerous and full of questions. To follow Him was like a dare — a challenge. A call to a mystery cloaked in the ordinary.
What does it mean to follow Jesus today? Much the same. To go where others refuse to go. To carry a light into the darkness. To speak words of hope and deliverance. To love. To forgive. To be like Him.
I will seek to “follow Jesus” in everything I say and do this week and going forward.