Follow pt. 2

Simon Peter. Andrew. James. John. Philip. Bartholomew. Thomas. Matthew. James. Thaddeus. Simon. Matthias. 12 ordinary men who gave up their lives; their homes; their everyday-normal at another man’s call to ‘come follow me’. 12 boring, normal, not-extra-special, sinful men who were called to be the closest earthly friends of the extraordinary Jesus Christ.

What I love about the calling of all of Jesus’ disciples it that Jesus barely bats an eyelid at how ‘normal’ they are. He called Levi (Matthew)- a tax collector; the lowest of the low. He called Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John- fishermen; people who caught fish and cleaned nets for a living. None of the 12 He called were particularly special. None of them were rich or famous. None of them were royalty or nobility- the kinds of people you’d expect a King to spend his time with. No, instead, Jesus called tax collectors and fishermen and sinners.

And you know what’s awesome?! He calls us too!

Like we talked about in part 1 of this post, we live in an age full of this ‘following culture’- a culture where we are surrounded by people to follow; people who inevitably influence us in some way or another. It’s practically impossible to avoid the pull of the ‘follow’ button, and before we know it, we’ve added another influencer to our list of people who influence us through what they say, do, post, write and wear.

And even though it’s not always bad to be influenced by other people, it can become bad when we begin to get led in the wrong direction… away from Jesus; away from the cross.

So whilst it’s okay to follow other people, we need to make sure we’re following Jesus first and foremost. It can be tough, but every single day we need to choose Jesus… we need to reject other people and follow Jesus before we even think about following anyone else.

In order to put Jesus first, we need to be wise and discerning. Set boundaries and limitations. If you feel someone is leading you away from Jesus, unfollow! It’s really that simple. Just hit the unfollow button, and don’t look back. If you find it difficult to get in the Word before you check Instagram or even your WordPress reader, then set boundaries. Don’t go on your phone/laptop before, say, 9 am. Only check your WordPress reader 5 days out of 7. No Instagram on Sundays. It’s precautionary measures like these that help us stay on track to following Jesus, not other people.

The truth is, it breaks Jesus’ heart when we follow other people before we follow Him.

The was a time in my life a few years ago where I thought I had to ‘have it all together’ before I could be a Christian. I thought that until I could ‘be less sinful’, I didn’t have to read my Bible or pay attention in Church. I thought I had to better; more disciplined, before I could get baptised. But, friends, this is NOT the case! Jesus calls us to follow Him right here, right NOW! He doesn’t want us to waste a second… it doesn’t matter how sinful we are or how messy our lives are. We do NOT have to clean ourselves up before we turn to the Father, he wants us just as we are!

That is the kind of love that Jesus has for us, shown in Romans 5:8- ‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’

WHILST WE WERE STILL SINNERS, He loved us. He loves us. And he calls us, just like that, to follow Him.

Just as Jesus called to these men ‘come follow me’, He calls to us too. And just as Jesus didn’t care that these men were poor and sinful, He doesn’t care that we are. When we respond to His call of ‘come follow me’, He takes what little we have and rejoices.

Published by Megan

Hey there! I'm Megan, creative lifestyle blogger. I love Jesus, frappuccinos, Pinterest, and all things creative! My message is that there is no such thing as perfect and that we can't live our lives chasing perfection because we will never find something that satisfies us as much as life in Jesus does. I aim to inspire people to find their own not-so-perfect and embrace who they are. I blog at notsoperfectblog.com where I share my ideas for creative, free living! Feel free to visit my blog and have a look around!

8 thoughts on “Follow pt. 2

  1. I really found that part interesting where you said “we don’t have to ‘clean ourselves up’ before coming to God.” Last summer, when I got baptized, I really wanted to understand the gravity of baptism, rather than just doing it with the attitude of “well, I guess it’s just something I should do”. I did eventually come to the personal realization of seeing God’s work in my life, and I am so glad I took that step! So I think you’re right – we can never be perfectly perfect, but we CAN long to do His Will and seek His perfection, just as He is perfect (as it says in Mathew 5:48)
    This was a great pt 2 of the series!! 🤗 Love ya!

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    1. I completley agree with you, Makayla! We will never be perfect in our own strength so the best we can do is long with everything inside of us to chase after His perfection.
      I also hope the bit about ‘cleaning ourselves up’ didn’t come across in the wrong way- I just meant that God will take us as we are, despite our sinful nature. I’m not always the best at phrasing things haha!
      Anyway, thank you so much for commenting and for your encouragement, as always! Love ya too! 🤗💛

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  2. This was moving and beautiful and put so well. It really does apply to a variety of situations across the board. As imperfect people, we tend to think that we should only make an attempt at something once we know more and have better things to say. It’s this pull and gravitation to being the best of the best that can simultaneously make and set us apart or be our downfall. In this life we aren’t called to do much except live in a way that glorifies God and demonstrates even an ounce of His holy innate values through what we share with the world.

    As bloggers we have such an important position. Writing is direct influence and will be a main source of communication as long as the internet exists. It’s a powerful way to address a major audience for any ongoing amount of time, wherever and whenever possible. It is limitless in ways and there’s lots we can do to take advantage of that. While I’m still trying to figure out where I stand, one of the things I like about Christianity is how symbolic it is. There is little to take a face value because everything has a deeper meaning that you can tap into. Therefore, you’re always on a path of self discovery, humility and wisdom!

    Sending lots of love and light your way Megan! xx

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    1. Wow… thank you for this beautiful comment, Maryam!!

      I certainly agree with you- the position we have as bloggers is such an awfully important one, and the influence we have should not be taken for granted. I really do think that if we are in this position, it is often for a reason. I think too that the words we write can be used for such good, so if we can use them to glorify God then- well, what a good use of them!

      Again Maryam, thank you for your beautiful comment! Sending lots of love back your way too xx

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