A MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Jesus is a Leader
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Come, follow me’.
He said to another person, ‘Come, follow me.’
Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’ And they left their nets at once and followed him.
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me and be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. ‘There is still one thing you haven’t done,’ he told him. ‘Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’
Most of us played the game, “Follow the Leader” as a child. A leader was identified and everyone formed a line behind and walked, skipped, and turned everywhere the leader did. Some even played with an obstacle course in place! We trusted and followed. It was fun to see where and how the leader would get us to a destination. We trusted the leader’s actions and direction.
Jesus is a leader…why else would he say, "Come, follow me"? He is a leader with a mission.
The mission: to change the world through teaching and sharing the love of God with the world. His followers are learners of God’s love and mission through Jesus’ words of instruction and his actions.
In following this leader, Jesus, there is a cost…to walk away from things that we have valued or followed for a lifetime and to put Jesus first. For the fishermen, they left their nets (way of life) in order to follow. For Matthew, he walked away from the dishonest ways in which he was living. For one who pondered what was required to follow, he discovered it was to give up his riches to the poor.
As we prepare to enter Lent, many people decide to “give up” or abstain from something. At Rockport we encourage this practice in order to strengthen that relationship of Jesus, The Leader, and we, the followers. As we grow together in Jesus’ name, we can be part of the mission in which we were called;
to change the world through teaching and sharing the love of God with the world.
What might you give up this Lent?