“Come, follow me,”
In our time the expression “following Jesus” has lost its edge. Most people are not even sure exactly what it means. To follow Jesus simply means to become an apprentice of Jesus. To be an apprentice of Jesus means you are learning from him how to live your life as he would live your life if he were living your life.
The first step to becoming an apprentice of Jesus is to see that Jesus was good at living life. Anytime a person enters into an apprentice relationship with someone they do so because they believe that person is good at something they want to do. An aspiring violinist might apprentice themselves to a great violist. An aspiring electrician might apprentice themselves to the best electrician in their community. In Jesus Christ we see God living a human life. It is a stunning performance. It is a flawless human life. It is the epitome of a life well-lived. God did not live a human life to impress us, but to attract us. He wants us to look at Jesus and think “I want to live a life like that.” He wants us to enter into an apprentice relationship with Jesus.
One thing to keep in mind is that it is never too late to learn from Jesus how to live life. I once knew a woman in her nineties who was learning how to play the guitar. No matter how far along in life we are it is never too late to start learning from Jesus how to live life.
One question people often have is “how can I learn from Jesus how to live life if I cannot see Him.” It can feel like the first disciples had an advantage over us because for three years they could see Jesus. We are the ones with the advantage though. We have the Holy Spirit within us. We have Jesus words. We have the examples of followers of Jesus throughout 2,000 years.
My prayer is that at the end of this month each of us would look back and see how in practical ways we have learned how to more fully live as Jesus lived.