Some are very, very close to Him, like and inner circle – Peter, James, and John. And there are the 12 Disciples that go with Him everywhere, they are His closest follower and friends. Then, there is the next level, what scripture calls “the crowd.”
Some of the crowd follow because they value what Jesus says. Others follow because following Jesus is cool. Others follow for what they can get out of it – food, or healing, or attention.
Listen to what Jesus says in John 6:26-27 about this today:
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
He said you follow because of signs, because of food. Don’t focus on getting that from me.
Focus on this from me. Eternal life.
Focus on what matters. Follow me for what matters.
Today, why do you follow? Why do you follow Jesus?
Is it because it’s what’s expected?
Is it because it’s what your family does?
Is it to fit in?
Is it for attention?
Is because you believe that if you will, you will get what you want?
Or, is it because you know that in Jesus Christ, you find life. Life is found only in Jesus. No where else.
That’s why we should follow.
Today, Jesus asked His followers, do you follow me for what you can get out of it? Or do you follow me because you have found that life is found in me, and nowhere else alone.
May we follow the giver of life. Today, may we follow Jesus with all that we are!
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