In Mark 10:28, Apostle Peter while addressing Jesus Christ, said “See we have left all and followed You’’!
The above statement wrapped up the events which took place during the visit of a rich young ruler to Jesus Christ. Apparently, he came for counselling on how he could inherit eternal life, and from his confession, he obeyed all laws! But, Jesus said he needed to do more; he needed to sell his stuffs, give to the poor, take up the cross, and follow Him. As far as one can tell, Jesus’ stance did not go down well with him and those around, and they wondered if ever anyone can be saved (Mark 10:26). Jesus assured them that it is possible (Mark 10:27)!
Jesus asked the man to follow Him, so what is the big deal about that, you may wish to ask? Well the big deal is that following Him brings about many earth-shaking benefits, a few of which are:
1. Exalted Position. In Matthew 4:18-20, Jesus asked two fishermen, Simon Peter and Andrew, to follow Him, and they obeyed. As a result, He made them Fishers of men; an exalted position! Let’s say they ignored Him, they would have lived and died like most of their colleagues; lowly and unsung. Today, more than 2000 years after, we still revere them. You too can enjoy an exalted position (1 Peter 2:9-10) henceforth if you wish, but you have to follow Jesus Christ first.
2. Forgiveness of Sin. In Luke 7: 36-50, a woman followed Jesus Christ, and along the line, she washed His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, kissed His feet, and anointed them with a fragrant oil. Apparently, the Pharisee who invited Jesus was not happy with her, but Jesus defended her robustly, and forgave her sins as well. He can forgive you your sins too, but you must be ready to follow Him from now on.
3. Healing. Healing is another benefit accruable to those who follow Jesus. In Luke 8:43-48, a woman with a flow of blood for twelve years, who could not be healed by any Physician, followed and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. Guess what? Her flow of blood stopped immediately, and she became healed! Friend, healing awaits you too, but you need to follow Jesus Christ to start with. Remember that He is well primed to sort you out (Acts 10:38)!
4. Sizable Amount of Earthly Possessions and Eternal Life. Friend, a sizable amount of earthly possessions e.g. houses, siblings, spouses, lands, and eternal life awaits those who follow Jesus Christ (Mark 10:29-30). You too can have them, provided you follow Him.
5. Salvation. Salvation is the ultimate benefit that anyone can have by following Jesus Christ. Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10), a notorious chief tax-collector for example, followed Him, and he received his salvation same day. Friend, please recall that Jesus is the only authority that can guarantee your Salvation (Acts 4:12), therefore follow Him.
Friend, as you can see, following Jesus Christ is hugely beneficial, but you can only follow Him, and reap benefits if you are saved. That is, if you are born-again! Are you born-again? If you are, congratulations! But if you are not, please do the right thing today. Invite Jesus Christ into your life, and ask Him to be your personal Lord and Savior. He will not snub you (John 6:37); He is waiting for you (Revelation 3:20)!
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu