by: Steven Owings
“Take your son, He (God) said, your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Genesis 22:2
Did you see it?
Did something catch your attention about that verse and how Jesus is in it?
“The boy and I will go over there to worship, then we'll come back to you. Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together.” Genesis 22:5
Did you see it?!
Did you? Once again did something catch your attention about Jesus in that story?
If you look close enough you can see Jesus in both of these verses. Jesus is exemplified in the first one as Isaac the ONLY SON of Abraham.
In the second verse, Jesus is seen as Isaac CARRYING WOOD on his back to HIS OWN SACRIFICE (the cross).
We can see Jesus in both of these passages even though his name is not mentioned. I am worried that if we are not looking for Jesus, then what are we looking for or looking to.
If we don't see Jesus in all things then we, as Christians, have lost the point of following Jesus in the first place.
By definition, “follow” means: to go or come after a person or thing proceeding ahead; move or travel behind.
This is the cry of Jesus to us all!!
“Follow me. He told them, and I will make you fish for people. Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Matthew 7:19
“Going on from there, He saw two other brothers James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” Matthew 7:21-22
“Large crowds followed Him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.” Matthew 7:25
There it is…
Jesus says plenty of times in the Bible: FOLLOW ME.
We see people following Him throughout his ministry.
It is never the other way around; Jesus never says come and lead me. He never tells people to come to him and then he will look to what they do. No! Jesus’ cry, well more of command, is “come and follow me.”
Why the word follow though?
The reason why Jesus says to follow Him is because when you follow someone, you look to them and keep up with them. You’re seeking to know how and why they do things. You're interested in whoever or whatever it is; it gets your FOCUS!
Jesus wants this from us as followers of him!
See my fear is that if we believe that Jesus is in the beginning, and it ends with him too, yet we don't focus on him now...the in between, will we really end up with Him?!
We must keep our focus on Jesus if we want our good life to become a righteous life, far beyond this world that offers fleeting pleasures!
What does that mean for you?
- Identify who/what you are following.
- Identify who/what you are focused.
- Does it edify or distract you from your relationship with Jesus?
- What changes do you need to make to bring your focus back to Jesus?
Write your answers and reflect on your next steps.
Jesus promises if we trust him and follow him, our lives will be better and more satisfying even in the most hopeless seasons!
About the Author: Stephen Owings is from Powdersville, SC. He was called into full-time ministry in the 8th grade, and now travels to schools, churches and youth events to share the story of Jesus.
Most recently, Stephen has been part of the NewSpring College and Clayton King’s Coaching Network. He is a young man willing to do whatever to see the gospel spread. Follow Stephen on Twitter/Instagram: _stepheno_ or get more resources at BeChanged.cc.