Simply Follow Christ

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (John 21:22)  
 
In one of Christ’s post-resurrection appearances, He was alone on the shore where He had first called His fishermen. After the miraculous catch of Galilean fish, Simon Peter jumped out of the boat and hurried to the shore to be the first one with Jesus. You can almost feel the atmosphere, with Simon Peter wanting to make things completely right.  
 
Following his denial, Simon Peter was longing to hear fresh words from the Lord. The dialogue moves forward with Jesus telling Simon Peter that (in his older years) Simon Peter would be led where he did not want to go. Redirecting the focus to John, the youngest disciple, Simon asked about John. Then, he heard the words, “What is that to you?” 
 
Sometimes, we find ourselves perplexed about what appears to be an unfair blessing on others, as compared to the blessing that we receive from God. We either don’t like the timing, circumstances or even the direction. We think if someone is getting a better deal from God, we are left with the shorter straw. Have you ever been there? Let’s face it: We don’t like to admit it when our flesh is offended, especially when dealing with God’s providence. Somehow, we think we deserve more, the better place, or the greater recognition and privilege. Unless false humility has blinded you to the real you, we all wrestle with this…so admit it. 
 
Where do we go when this happens? Nowhere is the correct answer…just stay with Jesus on the shore. Remember, the denying disciple also heard, “You must follow me.” No qualifiers allowed. No commas with exceptions are offered. It is essential that we must follow Christ. The focus turns from what we think we deserve to wherever He leads. The old song with the lyrics, “Wherever He leads, I’ll go…” is never more important than here at this moment. We must simply follow Christ, regardless of the outcome. Follow on!
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Kendrea - March 19th, 2024 at 7:09am

My life may not go the way I would like it. yet through it all I need to follow Jesus Trusting Him

Betty Jane Laughlin - March 19th, 2024 at 7:44am

I will follow Jesus and let the Holy Spirit to direct me. I feel stymied, yet I know to trust Jesus

Jerome - March 19th, 2024 at 9:07pm

I do not feel that way at all, but just opposite of how many have it easier then myself. I am grateful for what I have, air in my lungs, food, shelter. Jesus shows us how to live, love and have forgiveness. We can never do all Jesus wants, or be Jesus. Even pastors that teach day in, day out will not come close to being like Jesus. My Mother was not a bible thumper and taught us to the best we can according to his law. There is no (and) to getting saved and going to heaven, just believing/trusting his word to live, You do not get to heaven by reading the bible AND getting baptized, AND, AND, AND. Many pastors today believe you must do all these things or we will go to hell. Not the way it works. Every decision we make should ask ourselves, WWJD, then do our bests to do. The more possessions one has, the more one has to deal with, that do not matter whatsoever of this world. Soul, heart and spirit of God is all you need, the rest will follow. Easy peasy

Jeff - March 20th, 2024 at 7:50pm

Before every decision we make we should pray to Jesus for his guidance and thank Him for standing with us in our effort to glorify God. It is our relationship with Jesus that strengthens us. God's provision to us is His word and we cannot walk with Jesus without God's word. If we are to abide in Jesus we must abide in the word of God because Jesus is the word.



"But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' " - Luke 4:4 NKJV

Jeff - March 20th, 2024 at 8:03pm

Jesus was the greatest Bible Thumper of all time, and his death on the cross was not "easy peasy". Following Christ is no easy task, obedience to Him takes time and effort.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. - Matthew 16:24 NKJV 🙏

Jeff - March 20th, 2024 at 7:50pm

Before every decision we make we should pray to Jesus for his guidance and thank Him for standing with us in our effort to glorify God. It is our relationship with Jesus that strengthens us. God's provision to us is His word and we cannot walk with Jesus without God's word. If we are to abide in Jesus we must abide in the word of God because Jesus is the word.



"But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' " - Luke 4:4 NKJV

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