HE THAT FOLLOWETH ME
By A. W. Tozer
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have
the light of life. --John 8:12.
Too many people consider Jesus Christ a convenience. We make
Him a lifeboat to get us to shore, a guide to find us when we are
lost. We reduce Him simply to a Big Friend to help us
when we are in trouble.
That is not Biblical Christianity!
Jesus Christ is Lord, and when a man is willing to do His will, he is
repenting and the truth flashes in. For the first time in his life,
he finds himself willing to say, I will do the will of the Lord,
even if I die for it!
Illumination will begin in his heart. That is repentance, for he has
been following his own will --- and now decides to do the will of God.
Before the Word of God can mean anything inside of me, there must
be obedience to the Word. Truth will not give itself to a rebel. Truth
will not impart life to a man who will not obey the light. If you are
disobeying Jesus Christ --- you cannot expect to be enlightened spiritually.
No man can know the Son except the Father tell him. No man can
know the Father except the Son reveal Him. I can know about God:
that is the body of truth. But I cannot know God, the soul of truth
--- unless I am ready to be obedient.
True discipleship is obeying Jesus Christ and learning of Him and
following Him and doing what He tells you to do,
keeping His commandments and carrying out His will.
That kind of a person is a Christian --- and no other kind is!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.