Will We Follow Jesus?

“Follow me.”

(John 1:43)

When Jesus spoke these two simple words, Phillip dropped what he was doing and became a follower of Jesus.  Would you do the same?

Remember, that’s all Jesus said to Phillip: “Follow me”.

Like Phillip, for us to follow Jesus means to become His disciple; not a simple task. To be a disciple, we must know what the Master knows, and do what the Master does. For the original disciples, this meant three and a half years at the feet of the Master and quite a transformation from an earthly viewpoint to a heavenly one.  After that, they did what Jesus did: make more disciples.  For us, this means learning not at the feet of the Master, but from His Word, loosing our earthly perspective and gaining a heavenly one… followed by a life of teaching and training others to follow Jesus.  Sadly, not many in our time are up to the challenge…

How about you?  Will you follow Him?  Will you commit yourself to learning His Word, and then to putting it into practice in your life; to put others ahead of yourself and train them to become disciples?  The truth of the matter is: this is our challenge, this is our calling, this is our Commission!

The Lord sometimes challenges us, doesn't he?

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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9 Responses to Will We Follow Jesus?

  1. existnow says:

    To be a disciple, we must know what the Master knows, and do what the Master does.

    Know what the master knows? I didn’t think that we could know the mind of god. You’re gonna need to be a little more specific. And how does one change a earthly point of view to a heavenly one. I didn’ think that was possible this side of paradise. Enough with the good feeling how about some details.

    • Thanks for your views; I’m sure that they are shared by many. I hope you keep reading the posts here; they come in several forms, some of which are to give encouragement, some of which give rather too many specifics, and still others are just for fun. There’s one string that goes through all of them: Eternity doesn’t start when you die, it starts when you are born again. Each one of us has a life to live now and it can be a lot fuller than most of us realize.

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  5. Christine says:

    This was precisely the answers I’d been searching for. Amazing blog. Incredibly inspirational! Your posts are so helpful and detailed. The links you feature are also very useful too. Thanks a lot 🙂

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  7. Which is the most important?
    Jesus was asked twice, by two different men, the same basic question about which is the most important or greatest commandment in the Law. Here is how Jesus answered that question:

    “One of the teachers of the law… asked him [Jesus],
    ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, of Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than THESE.” [Mark 12:28-31, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18]

    …an expert in the law, tested him [Jesus] with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’”

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.” [Matthew 22:36-40, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18]

    But in contrast with Jesus, Paul the Pharisee didn’t know the greatest, most important, first commandment according to Jesus. Paul made up his own rule. Paul wrote:
    “The entire law is summed up in a SINGLE command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” [Galatians 5:14, Leviticus 19:18]

    And again, Paul wrote:
    “He who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this ONE RULE: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” [Romans 13:8-10, Leviticus 19:18]

    Jesus said it’s TWO commandments, with the greatest, most important, first command to
    .1) first, love God with everything you’ve got, and
    .2) second, love people.
    Paul said no, it ONE commandment- to love people.

    This is very similar to The Beatles- “All you need is love. Love is all you need. Love, Love, Love.” (In other words, the second commandment, the love of man, without the love of God. Love as me, myself and I define love to be, and continuously redefined by sinful men.)

    In essence, it is also the same principle as what Eve did in the Garden of Eden, forgetting about the Tree of Life, which is the first tree in the middle of the Garden, and instead referring to the second tree as “the tree that is in the middle of the garden.” [Genesis 3:3 & 2:9 2:17, 3:24]

    Kind of like the Pharisees with Jesus, who were pushing the false idea that we can consider ONE commandment in the Law, alone in isolation, to be “the greatest commandment in the Law.”

    Or like today, false teachers in the Chrislam – Purpose Driven – Seeker Sensitive – Emergent – Liberal – Ecumenical – New Age – world church movement pushing the false idea that the ONE RULE is “Loving God and Neighbor together.”

    The Lord God Jesus the Jewish Messiah, Son of Yahweh the Most High God of Israel, said:
    “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.”
    Not one. TWO.

    Sometimes, Paul was wrong. Jesus is always right. I’m following Jesus.

    Here are answers to 2 common objections:
    .a) What about the so-called “Golden Rule”?
    Jesus spoke the 3 chapters of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, including 7:12. Jesus didn’t make PART of this one verse out of context into “The Golden Rule” or “one rule.” Jesus did not use the term “Golden Rule,” it’s simply a tradition of men. The sentence begins with “So” in the NIV and Amplified Bibles, and “Therefore’ in the NASB and King James Bibles, which ties 7:12 to the previous sentences. So 7:12 cannot stand alone as One Commandment.

    .b) What about the so-called “Great Commission”?
    Jesus spoke the words recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, including “make disciples of all nations.” Jesus never used the term “Great Commission,” it’s simply a tradition of men. Yes I agree it’s a commandment given by Jesus, it’s not optional, and it applies to us today. We need to carry this out, with our own God-given abilities and talents, using the skills, and circumstances we have. But we don’t need to put words in the mouth of Jesus, we can let Jesus speak for himself, and we can listen to Him – and obey Him.

    Evangelism is part of the Second Commandment given by Jesus, to Love people. Evangelism is not the most important commandment, and it isn’t the entire Second Commandment. So if our priorities are “The Great Commission and the Great Commandment,” we have our priorities upside down and confused, and we are not listening to the voice of Jesus. Never mind what Paul said. Let’s listen to the voice of Jesus first, and get our priorities straight.

    The people who will protest most loudly against this truth are the modern “Pauls:” traveling evangelists, speakers, writers, abusive absentee mega-church pastors, Crusaders, and self-appointed “apostles” like Paul, who find it “profitable” to “be like Paul” rather than follow Jesus the Jewish Messiah.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Brother Matthew, you really shouldn’t do this!

      Perhaps you haven’t run across one of the posts here in which I talk about this, but I don’t debate anymore. To put it another way, you are visiting temptation on your brother (me) and you really shouldn’t do that…

      I’ve had a secular career that was based upon the construction and de-construction of argumentation, at the very highest level. I gave that up willingly to follow Jesus, and what do you do? You paste the same text into my comment section, two days in a row, a text that makes am assertion based upon a false premise and backed up by a straw-man argument and dare me to crush it (which wouldn’t even be a challenge). Please Matthew, that’s very much like encouraging a recovering alcoholic to go out with you for a couple beers… not cool.

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