29th October 2020

Follow Me

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’”
Matthew 16:24 (ESV)

Jesus is clearly a leader. There are no examples of Jesus following anyone during his time here on earth. There are several instructions from him to us and to the disciples to follow him. Why should we seek to follow Jesus? The answer is found in John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” We do not have access to the Father apart from Jesus Christ. He warned that in order to follow him, we must be prepared to deny ourselves and take up our crosses. In other words, following Jesus is not an easy option.

We naturally do not like to deny the self, we prefer to pamper the self, to satisfy our selfish desires. And no one wants to ‘take up his or her cross’ in order to follow Jesus. We know from the biblical record what happened to Jesus when he was forced to carry his own cross! Someone else needed to help him. Taking up one’s cross does not mean a literal cross made of wood, but could be any difficult circumstance that could prevent us from obeying and following Jesus. We have to be willing to obey Jesus’ command in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Following Jesus is not the easy way, but it is the very best and only way. He is on a mission to bring us home to the Father. Humanity without Jesus are God’s children led astray by the evil one, and lost in spiritual darkness and deception. 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Jesus always succeeds in what he sets out to do. He will succeed in bringing us home to the Father. We can and must confidently follow him. He is leading us into a glorious future. That is why we are to keep our eyes and thoughts fixed on him as it urges us in Hebrews 12:2.

Prayer
Father in heaven, please enable me to keep my eyes and thoughts fixed on Jesus, and to set my affections on the things above where he is at your right hand, as he leads me home to you.

Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: lewes@gracecom.church

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