follow me

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Having just predicted the kind of death Peter would suffer as a result of following, Jesus urged him still, “Follow me.”

Peter, imagining the loneliness of martyrdom and the pain of crucifixion, turned and saw the disciple John.  His next question is all too often my own:

“Lord, what about him?”

It’s not an uncommon question:

  • A Christian , having suffered the loss of a child after years of medical bills, looks at a wicked man with healthy children and a healthy bank account and asks God, “What about him?”
  • One sibling, terribly concerned about fairness in the family, cries out to his parents in the midst of his punishment, “What about her?!”
  • The professional athlete, having just tested positive for doping, does an interview with ESPN in order to say, “What about them?”
  • The vineyard workers who’ve labored an entire day witness the pay of those who worked only an hour and grumble, “What about us?”
  • The older brother returns home to music and dancing and finds his younger — and sorry, no-good-for-nothing — brother in the arms of his father.  He demands, “What about justice?  What about fairness?  What about me?”

And Jesus turns towards each of these, with love in his eyes, and begs, “Follow me.”

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7 responses to “follow me

  1. When I saw the title of your post on my google reader, I thought you were opening a twitter account!

    Your examples bring your point to light really well.
    Don’t you think this must be one of the most challenging elements of our human nature to contend with? The constant urge to compare – to want the joys and privileges we observe another experiencing – to view our own hardships as more difficult than someone else’s and thereby assuming it all so unfair…
    Thank you for reminding us of Jesus’ words, “follow me” {no matter what.}
    If only he had a twitter account…it would make his command a whole lot easier. 🙂

  2. no twitter account for me. i’m afraid that 1) i’m just not interested, 2) i couldn’t keep up with it anyway, and 3) it sounds like a good way to tempt myself to struggle with finding self-worth in other people.

    i do really well with only a blog.

    [funny that you bring up twitter in the same conversation in which you mention “the constant urge to compare.”]

    i worry that (as an american) i sometimes worship personal rights, freedom, and our human ideas of justice and fairness above God. i think many of us do — though rather than admit such, we simply equate them.

  3. Needed this today, and loved it. Good stuff!

  4. Brett-

    Couple of questions if you don’t mind.

    1. Why do Christians have this morbid fascination with death? Your post (as I interpret it…) seems to hint at that as it starts out….

    2. Also how do you propose recoiling Jesus call to “follow him” knowing all the obstcles many churches place in front of people, thus hindering that “following?” Do you understand what I am saying?

  5. God seems less about explaining world and more about rescuing it.

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