What does “follow me” mean to you?

What does it mean to follow?

We follow bloggers on wordpress.

We follow people on instagram.

We follow pages on Facebook.

In the real world outside social media following someone is downright creepy and at times illegal these days. But on these platforms we encourage it and welcome followers with open arms!

On Sunday the sermon was on Mark 2:13-17:

He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

This passage really spoke to me. This event is also described in Luke:

This man was a tax collector. Considered one of the worst kind of sinner. Someone with little worth. But Jesus simply said to him “Follow me” and it was enough. He dropped everything and left. There was no promotion that if you liked a page, shared a post and clicked follow that there’s the slimmest chance that you’d win something. To follow had no reward in the present life he was in, there were no perks so to speak. So that intruiged me. In a society that celebrates and encourages instant gratification, this is a concept that is quite foreign. The second point here for me was, why was this man chosen? This man who was rejected by society for his sin?

There are so many examples in the bible where Jesus helped those considered lesser human beings than others.

About 18 months ago, we went through a bible study called Not a Fan (this is not an affiliate link) which changed my perspective on following. If you have the opportunity to, I’d encourage you to do it as well.

I’m not saying don’t use social media, but the next time you hit that “follow” button, I hope that this post comes to mind. Considering where you’re spending time.

What does “Follow me” mean to you?

18 thoughts on “What does “follow me” mean to you?

  1. As a Christian, we have to set “self” aside in order to follow Jesus. It means being willing to stop and sit a while; proceed cautiously or diligently depending on His nudging; or completely change direction as God reveals His plans. I am finding that following Jesus is proving for the best, most satisfying adventure that I could ever have imagined. The journey is full–peaks and valleys, slow and fast paced–every step is valuable. Looking “up” makes all the difference. Thanks for the post and reflection it prompted.

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  2. Very interesting argument! You touched on some valid points which I think in this day and age we should all reflect on. Especially as followers of Christ, it is important to remember where we stand in our walk. We don’t submit to God solely to reap rewards but out of the genuine love and joy in our hearts to serve our Master who goes above and beyond to supply our needs both in this present form and for an eternity 💕

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