A local church is doing a sermon series involving what Jesus would say to various celebrities. The signboard asks the question, what would Jesus say to….
A quick Google search gives me a whole list of hits on what someone thinks Jesus would say to…
The list goes on and on...
But I’m wondering if what Jesus would say to a celebrity is the right question to ask?
I am pretty good at figuring out what Jesus would say to others. I have an amazing ability to hear a sermon and wonder if Person A is hearing this? Or to shake my head and think, “Man, does Person B need to hear that!”
But the question I need to be asking is what Jesus would say to Mike? That is where I get less comfortable and a bit more reserved. My fantasy conversation with Jesus happens (surprise) at Starbucks. The first question would be WWJO. What would Jesus order? After we answered that vital question I wonder what He would want to say to me…
I think a face to face conversation with Jesus would change how I go about my daily routines. I believe that conversation would alter how I view others. And I believe my talk with Jesus would energize my walk with Him.
So, the next question is simple. Why isn’t that already happening on a consistent basis.
So, what would Jesus say to me? I think He would say something very simple and yet profound enough to challenge me for the rest of my days. Here is a little medley of the message I think He would have for me (and you).
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."Matt 4:19
But Jesus told him, "Follow me….”Matt 8:22
"Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him”. Matt 9:9
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matt 16:24
Then come, follow me."Matt 19:21
Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."John 1:43
Whoever serves me must follow me.”John 12:26
Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."John 21:22
In the immortal words of Forrest Gump…,’I’m not a smart man”. But like Forrest I have a keen sense of the obvious.
I have surmised (brilliantly) that Jesus would say to follow Him.
The rest of it we will figure out together with Him.
So... Are you a follower of Jesus or just someone that is after His free gift? What does it mean to be a FOLLOWER of Jesus?