It goes without saying that Jesus said many things to many people, but when it came to Jesus calling people to Him, He often used the simple phrase, “Follow Me.” In reading any of the four Gospels it is surprising how often we find Jesus using the simple phrase of, “Follow Me.” It is such a simply phrase that even a child can tell you the meaning of it. Yet it is so inspiring that theologians have yet to exhaust its meaning.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Two things come to mind, and they are both captured in the title of the old hymn, “Trust and Obey.” I cannot follow unless I trust Him, but I can trust Him, in a general sense, but never follow Him. There are many who believe Jesus to be the Savior of men, but they never have trusted Him enough to follow Him.
You can applaud Jesus, you can admire Him, and you can come near enough to touch the hem of His garment, yet never strike a blow for God’s victory. His call is stirring, and never was there such an enterprise undertaken as the Jesus movement. His words stir the heart, but the question becomes: Will you answer His call to trust and obey?
I have often talked about how most people are wanderers while the Christian is a pilgrim. What is the difference? The wanderer is a person who does not have a destination. Cain was the first wanderer; it was God’s punishment for murdering his brother and not caring. Wanderers are all around us, and easy to recognize. They walk in one direction until they bump into something, and then they change direction until they bump into something else. The pilgrim is a person with a destination. The Christian is a pilgrim because they have the promise of a destination – God.
How do we know the Christian is a pilgrim and not just a wanderer in different clothes? Pastor Ravi Zacharias put it this way, “Christianity gives us the answers to our questions of life; it tells us of our: Origin, meaning, morality, and destiny.”
Origin: “In the beginning God created …”
Meaning: To love God and know Him
Morality: The Ten Commandments
Destiny: To live with Him in eternity.
If you are tired of being a wanderer, and want to know the meaning of your life, may I suggest becoming a pilgrim; a follower of Jesus.