~ Following Jesus Christ Is The Mark of a True Christian Disciple ~
relevant passage ~ “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Why Follow ~ Jesus said, “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 honor” (John 12:26). “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’” (Matthew 4:18-19).
How To Follow ~ “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea” (Numbers 14:24-25).
“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. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works’” (Matthew 16:24-27).
How Not To Follow ~ “Having arrested Him, they led Jesus and brought Him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed at a distance” (Luke 22:54).
When To Follow ~ “Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him” (Matthew 4:19-20).
The Rewards Of Following ~ “Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 8:12). “Then Peter said, ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life’” (Luke 18:28-30).
additional note ~ On June 29, 2010 ALN posted the first “Follow Me” posting which provides insight to the heart of the United States Military.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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