Saturday 24 July 2021
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Following in the footsteps of Jesus
Twitter is a social media program which has been going for many years. It works by you attracting followers. When people “follow” you they get all your Tweets (messages you post onto the platform). When Donald Trump became President of the USA, Twitter certainly benefited, as all of his tweets became international news! Many were very different from what was expected from someone in such a high position. It was a powerful way for him to communicate his message. I checked out the top 50 twitter accounts, 70% of the profiles that vast numbers of people follow are celebrities from music and acting. 15% are businesses including Twitter itself and 15% were people making a notable difference to the world. The Top twitter following is Barack Obama with 128.7 million followers. The bottom one is probably me with 30 followers and they only follow me because I follow them. Whoever you follow on whatever social media platform, or whether you’re a person of influence building a following, or just following others, we need to remember all of social media is about image. You can never get to know the real person without walking closely with them, anything less is just following at a distance and is an illusion.
Jesus said these two simple words “Follow me”. Not just so that we receive a weekly update of 150 characters of some piece of trivia about his life, or about what He is doing, or even the release of His latest book or worship song. But it is a call to follow Him, the greatest person, yet the humblest who has ever left their footprints on earth. It is an invitation to discover who he is. John one of Jesus’ followers said “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1 v14.
One of the things I love about talking with older Christians is you can tell they have followed Jesus for a long time because they not only know Jesus more, but they have become like him. They don’t just follow His footprints which have long gone, but have and continue to walk in His footsteps now.
As you get to know Jesus, as you continue to walk in His footsteps, may you continue to be delighted and inspired as he leads you along your life’s pathway.
Mark and Jane
Matthew 4: 18-25
Jesus Christ is not looking for fans, he is looking for followers.