What Does It Mean To Follow Jesus??


But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and leave the dead [in sin] to bury their own dead.
And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping.
Matthew 8:22-24

As I was reading this passage of scripture something caught my attention. The word says, after Jesus got into the boat, His disciples got into the boat and suddenly there arose a violent storm! Not just a storm but a violent storm. Why did Jesus go on to the boat then? In fact why did He allow the disciples to follow Him onto the boat?? I am sure He knew a storm would come. They could of stayed on  land until the storm passed but instead He went on to the boat! The disciples had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
It is not easy following Jesus. A lot of people think it is but it’s not! Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee a pain free life. In fact it might mean more challenges and more trouble but why???

The answer is found further down in the scripture I shared. The disciples were freaking out. They thought they were in mortal danger!!! (Matthew 8:25)
And that is the thing about this walk we have chosen. The danger is real. The trials are real. The troubles we face can take us out! As the disciples thought they would die so it is with us. But Jesus had a plan. He wasn’t taking them into the storm for the fun of it. He wanted to teach them something. He wanted them to learn something.

And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). Matthew 8:26

Jesus equated their fear and timidity for a lack of faith!!! Very interesting….They were not over reacting when they were asking Jesus to save them. The storm was real, the boat was sinking so one would think their reaction was totally normal but no, Jesus equated it to lack of faith!!!!
In the storm we need to trust God. He is the ONLY One who can get us out of it. The only One!!
Your foreboding and anxious thoughts and your fear are showing Him how much you DON’T trust Him!!
Fear is a natural response to danger but how we respond when fear comes is important.

I want you to know, Jesus is with you in the storm. He wants your faith. Will you stop looking at the magnitude of the storm and turn to Him in faith? He will save you. He wants to strengthen your faith in Him. He is good. He does not allow storms into our lives for the fun of it. He has a plan.


Why He Didn’t Get On The Boat with Jesus!

We all know the story of the man who had a legion of demons who Jesus healed. If you don’t know the story then read his story in Mark 5:1-20. I would like to focus on one part of the story and that is the part when he got healed. Jesus casts legion out into the pigs and the people nearby freak out and tell the town what has happened. They all go and see what has taken place and see the demon possessed man in his right mind and clothed.
At first the people are in awe then they get upset and ask Jesus to leave! Crazy right!!

Anyway Jesus is about to leave and the man who has been healed by Jesus begs to go with Him but Jesus refuses!!
This is what I want to focus on. Why did Jesus refuse? Didn’t He love this man. This man could off being a great addition to the disciples. His testimony was great but Jesus said no?! This is the what the scripture says,

“but Jesus refused to permit him, but said to him, Go home to your own [family and relatives and friends] and bring back word to them how much the Lord has done for you, and [how He has] had sympathy for you and mercy on you.
And he departed and began to publicly proclaim in Decapolis [the region of the ten cities] how much Jesus had done for him, and all the people were astonished and marveled. Mark 5:19,20  (Amplified)

Jesus loved the man and Jesus loves us but He wants us to be lights in the world. That is very important to Him. You are were you are to be a light. It may be hard and difficult but Christ wants us to be His hands and feet. As we can see, the demon possessed man did great things for Christ! We are also called to do great things for Christ. His heart is for the people whom He created! Do we have that same heart?
Are you passionate about people? Let us be the light that shines brightly for everyone to see!

God Bless