標 題： 跟從我
經 節： 於是耶穌對門徒說：「若有人要跟從我，就當舍己，背起他的十字架來跟從我。」（馬太福音十六章24節）
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)
We can take God’s presence for granted. We
can assume that because Jesus said He would be with us always, He will follow
us wherever we go (Matt. 28:20). Jesus does not follow us; we are to follow
Him. You do not invite God to join you in your activity. He invites you to
become involved in His activity. Jesus said: “You did not choose Me, but I
chose you” (John 15:16). Following Jesus requires absolute obedience. He does
not seek our counsel about which direction we think is suitable. God already
knows what is best without ever having to consult with us.
Following Jesus will lead you into
experiences you never dreamed of! You will be with Jesus as He weeps over those
trapped in sin. You will feel the pain that Jesus feels. You will see those who
were spiritually blind experience the joy of coming to see God for the first
time. You will see lives that were broken, made whole. You will see marriages
restored; those in , released; and those who mourn, comforted. At times it will
be easy to follow Jesus. At other times, you will be tempted to abandon Him.
Following Jesus can mean going through a storm or standing on a mountaintop.
You may have stopped following Jesus, but
now you want to follow again. When you stopped following Jesus, you did so on
your terms. But the returning to Jesus is strictly under His conditions. He is
God, and you are not. Are you willing to follow Jesus anywhere, at any time,
under any condition? That is the only way you can follow Him.