“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’”Matthew 16:24
In order to follow Jesus, you must see Him. Since we can’t see Him with our physical eyes, we need to make sure our spiritual vision is clear. We learn to follow Jesus by reading His Word and by spending time in prayer and meditation in His presence. He doesn’t play “hide and seek” with us. If you’ll go back to the second day of this Anchor, you will be reminded of Jesus’ promise to be with us always. I have followed Jesus for a very long time, “seeing Him” throughout the decades in the providences—both good and bad—that He has brought into my life. Never has He failed me.
Jesus didn’t say it would be easy to follow Him. There will be long, steep hills to climb and deep valleys to cross. He said we must deny ourselves and take up our cross. Giving up things to follow Jesus is part of His plan for us. But no sacrifice of ours will compare with all He gave for us at Calvary. What you may surrender now does not begin to compare with the eternal weight of glory that will be yours in Christ Jesus for eternity!
Jesus calls, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Like His disciples, we may have to leave much behind to follow Him.