WILL YOU FOLLOW?
“........the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:4)
One who calls you by saying “Follow me” is walking ahead of you, showing you the way. He will make the crooked places straight and clear the hurdles. When the Good Shepherd is guiding from the front, the sheep follow him with enthusiasm.
You have come out of the slavery of sin and have accepted Jesus Christ as your shepherd. You have to follow Him for the whole of your lifetime. All the good shepherds mentioned in the Scripture had been good sheep. Abraham was a good shepherd. He follows God like a sheep. He left his country, left his family and also left his father’s house and followed the Lord (Genesis 12:1-3).
All the forefathers by name Isaac, Jacob and Joseph were shepherds only. David who reared the sheep was also a shepherd. He placed God as his shepherd and with that outlook he wrote the Psalm No. 23. Since David had accepted God as his shepherd, God made him a shepherd over the Israelites and gave him the governance. You will also receive all the heavenly blessings when you follow God as good sheep.
When the mantle fell on Elisha, he left behind his father and all his wealth and followed Elijah and God. Since Paul the Apostle is the forerunner for us in following Jesus Christ, he boldly writes “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1).
Dear children of God, when you follow God, Lord the Father will honour you. The blessings will follow you. “If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him My Father will honour” (John 12:26).
Jesus Christ said, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).
Dear children of God, following Jesus Christ, is a blessed experience. The preaching and the commandments of God are not burdens for you. Following Him will bring you happiness and enthusiasm. When you follow Him, you may come across tiny problems, but just ignore them. The glory which will reveal in you is so great and so, these sufferings of today are nothing in its presence.
To meditate: “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (II Peter 1:10).