We are going to look at 2 different passages that seem to be taken out of context but are not really as they partner together quite well. First we look at John 21: 19
19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
These words are echoed in Mark 1:17 and 2:24 when Jesus was calling his disciples along with being repeated in verse 22 of John 21:
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
People may try to restrict the usage of these words to Peter and the rest of the disciples but the actually apply to all those whom God created. Jesus is calling everyone to follow him, not the best explanation, not private interpretation, not denominational ideologies but to follow him in all aspects of our lives. Whether it be our spiritual lives or our daily living we must follow Jesus in all aspects of life from the good times to emotional crimes to tragedies we must follow Jesus and his ways.
Jesus does not leave room for alternatives to be considered. He is to be followed and how do we know what to do, well our second passage of scripture 1 Tim. 3:14-15 gives us the right direction to learn where we find Jesus’ way to follow:
14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but [k]in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how [l]one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
These words of Paul may seem to be restricted to the instructions in 1 Timothy 3, and they do apply to those words, but they also direct our minds to see that those words apply to the rest of the Bible as well. The Bible was written so that we would know how to please God, what instructions and commands we are to follow and what we need to believe in order to live the Christian life correctly. We need to know how to conduct ourselves in our lives thus the Bible was written so that we would know what we are to do.
This is one of the failures in the Progressive Christianity movement. They and other alternatives keep changing the word of God to fit their beliefs thus they no longer follow God’s words but their own. They do not follow Jesus but recreate Christianity to fit their ideological ideas. We cannot follow Jesus if we alter his words and you must remember that all of the Bible are God’s and Jesus’ words, not just the red letters.
All of the Bible was written so that we would have God’s instructions to follow not some subjective human ideas and those instructions as we said earlier cover all aspects of human life from the good times, to highly charged emotional crimes to tragedies. There are no exceptions so if you are unclear as to what those instructions are we suggest you get back to reading the Bible honestly, asking the HS to get you to the truth so that you know how to conduct yourselves, even in the area of raising your children.
We go for the truth, nothing else will do and Jesus promised that we would know the truth so there are no excuses if one opts for an interpretation or best explanation. If we want to live the Christian life correctly, then we follow God’s word as written and do not substitute those parts we do not like but learn from the HS how those difficult parts show God in action demonstrating his holiness and justness.
Follow Jesus in science, history and so many other areas of life as well as your private lives and you can’t go wrong