I have a special post I would like to add today. We have a newsletter in our church, and our Pastor writes a message each time. This message is on “The Greatest Gift Ever Given” and I would like to share it with you. It is written by Pastor Lee Call, from Faith Baptist Church, in Warrensburg, NY.

PASTOR’S CORNER

  “FOLLOW ME”

When Jesus began to call His disciples note his words as recorded in  Matthew 4:19  “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 

Jesus said later, to his disciples, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24″

It is vital that God’s people follow Him. Jesus made it clear that His disciples were called by Him to follow Him. We are not to lead Him nor run ahead of Him and tell Him the way. Our Lord, alone, knows the way that we ought to go. Our obedience is the key to rightly following Him.

He is the head of the Church. We are His bride and He is the Head. Following Christ is not a 50-50 proposition but is to be 100 percent following as He leads. His way is the one and only way.

It is God who calls us. He called the disciples. He had His plan for why they should follow. They would be His witnesses.

The Gospel is not something negotiable. He alone is the Way. He is the Gospel. “12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even tothem that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1:12-3

 To follow Him implies we are truly on of His. In the passage above it is quite clear that salvation, yours & mine and anyone’s is possible because He made it possible. He alone, devised the way for man to have his sins cleansed and be saved. That is obviously why Jesus said: “…….I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6″

Jesus stated:

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain……” John 15:16

Since He is the author of our salvation He has every right to demand we follow Him. He has every right to tell us what He expects us to do.

He had given us His Word. The Bible is His idea. It is His communication to us. In it we find the Truth. He is Truth and His truth alone can liberate us. Jesus reminds us of this”
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

In this day and age we find people want to follow their own ways. They want to do their own thing. Our generation seems to feel that they do not need Him.

Many have turned their back on His body- the Church- and in so doing have turned their back on Him.

Our society is rewriting our history to the tune of the revisionists and unfortunately many are doing the same with the Word of God. We are finding many who have a form of Godliness but their lives deny the power thereof. [See 2 Timothy 3:5]

Jesus made it clear that to follow Him is expected. To follow Jesus we must, therefore, truly be His disciples. Jesus said:  ”The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

Matthew 10:24″

The whole ministry of the church is involved in discipleship. Every time we have a service in the church we have an opportunity to practice discipleship.

God has placed us in the family of God to be a part of His body – the church. He says; “12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14   For the body is not one member, but many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

As we look at the context of this passage we are reminded that the Lord gives each of us some gifts to be shared and used in the local body. No one has all the gifts. He designed it so we would be one body. We need one another. We should be using our gifts, those abilities that He has imparted to us for the edification of the body.

Remember in Ephesians 4: “4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

He ends this section in Ephesians 4 with the reminder that  even our leaders are given to the church for one purpose: 11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part,
MAKETH INCREASE OF THE BODY UNTO THE EDIFYING OF ITSELF IN LOVE.” Ephesians 4:11-16


As we labour together in our local body we should praise God for His perfect Word.

Let us seek to follow the great advice of our Lord as seen in His Word and Follow Him with our whole being. Let us seek to edify {build up} one another.

We can do this by our faithfulness to:

1. Personally spend daily time with Him in His Word.

2. Pray daily. {For our needs and for one another}

3. Share His Word with others. Some need to be born again. We should witness faithfully to these. Some need encouragement to obey His Word. As a true disciple we should seek to edify others in the body.

4. To Assemble together to hear His Word. We need to assemble to together as His disciples if we truly will follow Him. {Heb 10:25}

Let us keep looking up. He is coming soon.

FOLLOW HIM.  FOLLOW HIS WORD.

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