- When Jesus spoke the words "Follow me" to Peter, they were more
than a simple call to literally stand up and follow Him away from the
shore of the Sea of Tiberias. The words were also more than a
general call to evangelism. They were a call on Peters life to carry
on the ministry of Christ.
I believe Peter understood with all of his being the
ramifications of this call to carry on. The strength of the love
Peter felt in his heart, soul, and mind for the Lord is what
made him stand up next to that early morning fire and turn
his back on all he knew to follow Jesus.
Christ is entrusting us with the same call to carry on. Why
entrusting? Since He knows the depth of our heart- and
soul-love for Him, He trusts us to be worthy carriers of His
name and ministry. Sometimes its a heavy call. And its not
without risks, pain, and heartache. Yet the path to
righteousness is sign-posted with Christs words "Follow
We may not feel worthy or qualified to carry on. I know my
propensity to mess things up and get in the way of what the
Lord wants to do. Dont we all? I question Him when He asks
me to do something. Are you sure, Lord? (of course Hes
sure!) Or, when immediate obedience is necessary, I stall.
Im not carrying on His work at all. Ive dropped the ball.
Still He asks us, gently but firmly, Follow me.
How does He want us to carry on? The conviction of our
desire to carry on is the strength of our love for Him. He
wants our resolve to be strong. Not that we can do anything
in our own strength, but rather, our resolve should be to
follow and carefully pick up His ministry as it appears before
A picture comes to mind of following a child in a hurry to
change into play clothes and picking up after him. We follow
behind, and we pick up whats before us one piece at a time.
The Lord does the same with usnot that He litters the path
in front of usbut we are asked to gather only one piece at
a time. He doesnt and wont hand us all of what we are
supposed to do in one giant toss.
We can love Him with all of our strength when He asks us to
carry on, because we know He is trustworthy not to overload
us. He wont pile on more than we can hold. Psalm 32:8
speaks of the gentleness with which the Lord asks us to
follow Him and to carry on His ministry: I will instruct you
and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you
and watch over you.
DRAWING CLOSER TODAY
Lord, thank you for calling me to carry on your ministry. Thank you
for giving me the strength in your name to do that which you ask me
to do. And thank you that I can trust you not to ask me to carry more
than I can bear.