Jesus calls everyone into a personal relationship with him. It begins with that call and leads to salvation, and then it continues through the rest of a journey called life. It carries on until we see Jesus face to face. Jesus wants you to encounter him, to know him, to experience him, to become like him. He wants to fill your life with meaning.
I hope you will be on a quest to know Jesus as you’ve never known him before _ to follow him more closely than you ever have before _ to love him more deeply than you ever have before _ to have a close encounter of the very best kind.
No matter where we are at in a relationship with Jesus it always seems to begin with a decision about whether to follow him or not. For two brothers that we read about in the Gospel of Mark it was that way. “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-18)
Now their decision about whether or not to follow Jesus wasn’t that much different than ours. He called them like he calls us today. It is when we answer yes to that call that we fully discover who Jesus is. When all we do is read about Jesus we will only see him from a distance and chances are that we will only know him casually. We get to know him intimately by following and serving him. Jesus’ invitation wasn’t come learn about me _ it was come follow me _ do what I do _ go where I go _ live how I live.
We really like the idea of golden streets and no more pain or suffering or death. However, we don’t always like the path that leads us there. I challenge you on this day to leave whatever it is that takes you where you want to go and to follow Jesus wherever it might take you. Oh, and by the way Jesus promises to make the walk with us. He also promises to fill us with the Spirit of God to help us along the way.
So I ask, where are you headed and who are you going to follow?