Read: Matthew 4:18-25
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers . . . And he said to them, “Follow me . . .” (vv. 18-19)
In her book Crossing the Waters, Leslie Leyland Fields explains that “the Greek word Jesus used for ‘follow,’ akoloutheo, means literally ‘to walk the same road.’ It implies companionship, partnership” (p. 209). When Jesus invited his disciples to follow him, he wanted to be not only their leader and teacher, but to walk together in love.
Saying yes to Jesus’ call may require saying no to something else. The disciples had to lay down their nets, stop collecting taxes, and abandon familiar surroundings. When Jesus began to teach, to heal, and to model how to live, the disciples followed, walking from village to village, learning about this new life Jesus had called them to embrace. They weren’t always clear about where they were going, but they continued to walk with Jesus throughout his ministry. Jesus empowered the disciples to follow his footsteps and promised that he would be with them always, even after his resurrection and ascension into heaven.
Paul told the Corinthian church, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight”
(2 Cor. 5:6-7). We can’t see Jesus physically walking on this earth, but he paved the way for us to walk in faith and love with each other through the Spirit. He still calls us to follow him. —Denise Vredevoogd
Prayer: Jesus, we hear your call. We want to follow and walk with you.