“And Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me.'” (John 1:43)
These words were consistently the call of Jesus to those who would be His disciples: “Follow Me.” Here John tells us that Jesus found Philip, and He bid him to follow. We see the same call from Jesus to Simon and Andrew in Matthew 4:19, and to Matthew the tax collector in Matthew 9:9, as well as to all of those who were prospective disciples in Matthew 10:38. He told them they must be ready to “follow after Me.”
The consistent call of Jesus to those who be His disciples is “Follow Me.”
It is still His call today.
It is NOT merely “mentally accept Me”.
It is NOT “admire Me.”
It is NOT just “SAY” that you follow Me …
It is “FOLLOW Me.”
Simply put, in light of Jesus’ words in the Gospels, if you are His disciple, then you will be following Him. If you are not FOLLOWING HIM, then plainly you are not His disciple.
If you claim to be a disciple of Jesus, then you should ask yourself: in what ways may it be said that you are “following” Him? Are you spending time with Him? Are you going where He would go in this world? Are you doing what He would do? Are you following Him?