Matthew 4:18-20; Luke 14:25-27
Made to Follow
Matthew 4: 18-20
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
- We are made to follow.
- A Saying “monkey see monkey do”.
- Naturally we learn to follow/imitate from young.
- We are all able to imitate, isn’t it?
- Fashion, hairstyle, looks.
- I believed it is naturally built in us.
- Question: Who are you following?
1. Follow Me
- A disciple is a follower, and Jesus said "follow me”.
- More than just “watch me’, “listen to me” or “read about me”.
- It is “follow me”.
- The challenge is we tend to follow the crowd.
- We feel safe to follow the majority.
- We want to be feel belong and accepted.
- We don’t like to be the odd one.
- Are we following the majority?
- Following Jesus is not the majority.
- If you are not following Jesus then you are following something else.
- As a result, we follow what the world is telling us.
- A disciple is not just an academic student.
- Students gets “information” from his teacher.
- A disciples get “transformation” from his teacher.
- A disciple follows and imitates his teacher.
- Luke 6:40 - A disciple trains to be like his teacher.
- Luke 6:40 - The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
- If naturally we can imitate how much more if we train ourselves?
- Do people see us more and more like our teacher? How similar do we reflect HIM?
2. I Will Make You
- Jesus called them to change them, their lives transformed.
- Jesus had a purpose in mind when he called them. That is to work with them so that He could work through them later.
- Are you allowing Jesus to transform you? To change you into something you weren’t before.
- 2 types of rabbis.
- Torah rabbis.
- Taught mainly the Torah. (Laws of Moses)
- Also including the Prophets and the Writings.
- Limited, could only teach what was accepted by the Jewish community as truth.
- “S’mikah” rabbi.
- They were thought of as having “authority” or “s’mikah.”
- Could bring new teachings, as long as it didn’t contradict the Old Testament.
- They had the entire OT memorized and only a dozen or so of them every 100 years.
- “Exclusive” – “Celebrities”.
- “S’mikah” rabbis had disciples, Torah rabbis had students
- Exp: John the Baptist.
- The Bible says all over that Jesus taught with authority, not like their teachers of the law.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters - yes, even their own life - such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
- Speak with authority.
- Tendency to tone down/less offensive.
- People leaving with message from the church or Jesus.
- Modernized Jesus to today’s world and setting.
- 10 Character Traits of Jesus to Emulate.