PASTOR'S PEN: Follow me and come to me

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

The first is an invitation, the second is a promise!

Early in His ministry Jesus would, to those chosen, simply say, ‘Follow Me,’ leaving them with the decision to or not to. ‘Following Me’ would mean walking away from their livelihood, not knowing what would lay ahead.

Unfortunately today we don’t experience Jesus in person standing or walking before us saying ‘Follow Me.’ However, there is that inner calling of the Holy Spirit inviting us with the same opportunity as the Disciples had, hearing those words ‘Follow Me!’

There is a ministry for each of us. Not all are called to go to a foreign country, or to become a lead pastor, but there is an important ministry field right where we are. There are so many we come into contact with daily who may not be aware of Jesus calling them, not knowing He died for them.

You may question your ability, as Apostle Paul instructed Timothy, a young pastor in 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

Now for the promise Jesus has provided for us as He says, ‘Come To Me,’ we find this in Matthew 11:28-30.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

‘Come To Me,’ Jesus doesn’t want us to walk alone! We have to choose, whether to take on life on our own or to accept the strength and guidance of Jesus.

The Bible tells us in John 10, Jesus refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd; as the shepherds (Jesus) leads His sheep (us) out to greener pasture, leaving us with the choice of to ‘Follow Me’ or go on our own. The shepherd also provides protection for his flock (us). So, as the wolves (the devil) attack us Jesus says ‘Come To Me’ let Me wrap my arms around you.

In our lives we all have choices to make!

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.