Sequel to the question asked, am sure you must have agreed that the first son resembles the father in terms of the physical appearance and the character. The reason for this is not far fetched, we expect that a child will resemble the parents in so many ways and it is natural for a man to question his paternity of the child brought home by the mother if the child resembles his next door neighbour.
This is the bedrock of this topic. The moment you give your life to Christ, there is the expectation of people that you will resemble Christ in all aspects of life. Also, the expectation from God is that you become like His son Jesus Christ. Invariably, this means that both heaven and earth expects to see the life of Christ in you.
During Jesus’ ministry on earth, He called the disciples, His words were “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19 NIV).
Note the following from the verse;
1. Jesus throws an invitation i.e “COME”. Jesus will never force anyone to come to Him and this is the first step which is otherwise called SALVATION. No wonder Revelation 3:20 says Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
In other words, you have a choice to either honour the invitation or reject it. Have you accepted the offer today? You might need to consider it because that is the greatest offer you can ever get in this world.
2. Jesus didn’t stop at inviting us to come, He took a step further by saying “FOLLOW ME”. Note that Jesus never said “Stay With Me”. This is where so many people have failed. We come to Jesus but we refuse to follow Him. Following Jesus is a call to become a disciple.
The question then is why did Jesus ask us to follow Him?
a. To know who Jesus is – It is an established fact that you can not know any man if you don’t move close enough. Even for couples, after spending years together, they will tell you that they discover new things about their spouse each day. This explains why some couples divorce because after a while they begin to see characters their spouse never exhibited during courtship.
Until you move close to Jesus, all you will know is His historical background as written on the Bible pages (they will only be letters). The beauty of it is that in your lifetime, what you will know of Jesus is just a little fraction of who He is. Just like you will never know if a person snores until you sleep beside that person, you will never know Jesus until you follow Him.
b. To be Taught by Jesus – I hope this is not fallacy when I say no man can be taught in just a building throughout his lifetime. The same is applicable, you can’t stay in a place to know Jesus, you have to follow Him as He takes you through on different lessons in different places. At Galilee, Capernaum, Gadarenes and so many other places, Jesus led the disciples using different scenarios to teach them.
Learning is a painful thing which most people will want to run away from because in the process of learning, you will get scolded, you will be given assignments to do, you will take tests and be examined by your teacher. However, it is a must we follow Jesus in other to learn.
c. To become like Jesus – This should perhaps be number one on the list. If there is anything the world has stopped reading, it is the Bible. What they prefer to read is the person who calls himself/herself a Christian. The moment they don’t find Christ’s character in you, they know you are only impersonating Jesus.
One question I kept asking myself is “If Jesus had come sagging, drinking, killing, hating, gossiping and sleeping around with women, would we even believe He is from God? Or the mother of Jesus showing of her cleavages, putting on “micro-mini” skirts, would we want to associate with her?
Becoming like Christ means that you leave your past habits and take up new ones. Would Christ cheat people, steal, dress provocatively, derive pleasure in drinking? If the answer is NO, then we must understand that Jesus called us to leave the life of sin and live in accordance to God’s will.
The disciples left what they were doing before they met Jesus and followed Him. Today, He is not asking you to leave your present job, but to do away with your current lifestyle so that others can see Jesus in you. A friend once said when you are in an environment and you are the one telling people you are a Christian/they ask you if you are a Christian, you really need to examine your life.
We will continue from here next week. However note that what you read is not to condemn anyone but to bring us to the realisation of who God wants us to become.
We call you Jedidiah – God’s beloved
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