John 1:43 WEB
On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
What does it mean to follow Jesus? When Jesus was in his role as a rabbi, it meant walking around Israel with Jesus and ministering to people. But, it also meant imitating Jesus and thinking as he does. We follow Jesus in our daily lives by adopting His philosophies and thinking. Then, we listen to the Holy Spirit and read the Bible.
The word says in Isaiah that we should go to the mountain of God. This is where we will learn His ways and walk His paths. (Is 2:3) The mountain is the place where God speaks to His people. If we are going to follow Jesus we must go to the mountain through prayer and worship. In this way, we can learn to hear and distinguish His voice. (Is 30:21)
We are also called to imitate Jesus and adopt His thinking. This is why we read the Bible. In the Old Testament are stories that reveal how God the Father responds to a variety of circumstances. In the Gospels are the thoughts, philosophies, and behaviors of Jesus. And finally, the remainder of the New Testament teaches us the benefits and responsibilities of being a Christian.
We are still called to follow Jesus. The tools we use are Spirit and Truth. The Holy Spirit speaks to us personally to direct our plans. And the Bible gives us the Truth we need to stand for God. With these tools, the Voice of God and the Word of God we can successfully follow Jesus.
Lord Jesus, please teach me to hear your voice and inspire me to read your word. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.