It seems to me that Jesus wasn’t much of a “hang around” type of guy. His call to “follow me” is not meant for the hesitate individual or the “let me sleep on it” crowd. Jesus is going somewhere and He beckons us to go with Him…now. The beauty of this is that His pace is kind, always allowing us to catch up and fall into a rhythm of following.
There was urgency in the steps of Jesus, a purpose, a passionate intent to fulfill Father God’s mission for Him. It is the same call for His followers and there needs to be life in our steps, and passion in accepting the path He leads us on.
This is a missional call to move beyond ourselves and reach a desperate world with a message of hope. This is not just an inside call, this is an “out there” call, an “on the way” call. For on the way with Him transforms our harden hearts, changes the cold, dark spirit that spits out our joy and brings life to soul ravaged by sin. For the follower, and this is truth, the message of hope we carry is for us as well.
Come…follow me…find life with me.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25