18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
The command “follow Me” was given to Jesus’ first disciples early in His ministry. It’s an imperative that Christ still extends in our time. Every day Jesus calls people to follow Him.
How can we follow Christ in our day? Let us think of a few ways that we can go after Jesus in our context. This list is not an exhaustive list but may it spur our thinking on this subject.
Following Christ requires humans to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Disciples of the Savior trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin and the salvation of their lives. Being saved is mandatory for following after Jesus and salvation flows to us through believing in Christ by faith.
2) Bible Study and Prayer
Reading the Bible, studying the Word, and praying to God are all part and parcel of following Jesus. Through prayer, Believers speak to God and through the Bible, God speaks to the Christian. The Word of God reveals the truth we need to pursue Jesus.
3) The Church
While Christianity is much more than attending a worship service at a church, it is not less than that. God’s people need to be together to worship, minister, serve, give, and learn through the ministry of the Church. Following Christ means being a part of His body (Romans 12:5) and the organism that He is building. (Matthew 16:18)
Follow Jesus, Child of God. It is the best way to live!