Followership: This Sums It Up

Our invitation to walk “on the way,” is not to look down and focus our attention on the path; it is to step onto the road and follow the Person.  Sweet sums this up beautifully in the following passage…

“Following Jesus is just that.  It is following him.  The destination is not the foremost issue.  Our future condition is not the issue.  Our survival is not even at issue.  The focus, the goal, and the reward lie not in just the following but in whom we are following.  The essence of following is the journey itself–being with Jesus.

When we make up our minds to follow Jesus–not just associate ourselves with him or pledge our allegiance to his teachings–we decide to become a member of his band of followers.  We decide to be his disciples.  We dive into a learning process that morphs information and practice into a complete transformation of our very selves.  Following changes the core being of who we are, and from that transformation our deeds–what we do and how we do what we do–change remarkably.

We hand the baton of our lives to the One who is the composer and conductor of the symphony of life itself.  And in doing so we become part of the heavenly harmony that is the true body of Christ, made up of missional followers on the way and led exclusively by our Lord and Savior, Jesus” (p. 74).

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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