“FOLLOW ME,” Jesus said,
and Matthew left his tax booth
and walked with Jesus.
He didn’t know where they were going.
Others were walking, too –
James and John,
Peter and Andrew,
Mary (there must have been a Mary),
and other women, unnamed.
It didn’t matter where they were going.
All along the way, Jesus called out, “Follow me.”
Some left their tasks and joined the walk.
Others turned away in sorrow. …
Today, Jesus walks along busy streets
and calls to us,”Follow me.”
“Walk with me in the countryside, in the inner city.
Walk with me in places of joy and places of sorrow.
Leave your preconceived notions, your five-year strategies.
Set down your anger and your prejudices,
And see the world as I see it.
It doesn’t matter where we are going,
Just follow me.”
– Alive Now
From “Just Follow” by Beth A. Richardson, page 33 in Alive Now, January/February 2016. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where is Jesus calling you to follow? Share your thoughts.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.
Luke 4:1-2, NRSV
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