Are We Following the Lord?

Richard Thetford

There are some individuals that claim to be “followers of the Lord” yet they do not heed everything that this encompasses. To follow after the Lord takes total dedication on our part, putting Him first in all things! The disciples were ready to follow Him, they dropped what they were doing, in order to follow Christ. “So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him” (Luke 5:11). It takes a sincere commitment on each of our parts to ensure that we are following Him daily. Jesus should ALWAYS be first in our life. The scriptures teach: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23), and “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

The true disciple of Christ understands why they should follow Jesus. The Christian knows Jesus. John 10:4 says: “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” To be worthy of Christ, we must understand that He is first and foremost in our lives and as a result, we prove this by the way we live each and every day. As Jesus called His disciples, He is calling us today. He wants us to listen to His invitation to be faithful stewards in His kingdom. He wants us to be soul-winners as were the early disciples and apostles. Are we ready, willing, and able to do the work that we have been challenged to do? Jesus knows if we are only honoring Him with our lips (Matthew 15:8). Let’s make sure that our heart is tuned in to do the work in which Jesus has asked us to do. Are we really following the ways of Jesus?