Following Christ Jesus

 

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

 

If you follow Christ, recollect that you must make no terms with him. “These are they which follow the Lamb where ever he goes.” “Lord,” say you, “I will follow thee across the grassy lawn, or over the smoothly rolled road.” No, no: you must make no conditions; you must follow him up the crags and down into the marshes, you must follow Christ everywhere, with no picking and choosing of the road. Where he bids you, you must go; where he leads you, you must follow. Will you do that? If so, you shall be his in the day of his appearing; but you must take that “whatever ” into the contract. “These are they which follow the Lamb wherever  he goes.” O sir, wilt thou follow Christ at this rate? If thou wilt, thou art Christ’s man; this is the sort of soldier that he would enlist in his army, the man who is ready to follow him wherever he goes.

 

I heard of a young man who wanted to be an officer in Napoleon’s army, and he came to get a commission, wearing a fine new hat, and a suit of clothes of the very neatest cut possible; and the officer asked him, “Sir, if you were in a defile, with mountains on either side of you which you could not ascend, and there was no possibility of going back, and the enemy in front was at least ten times your number, what would you do in such a case as that?” He answered, “I should resign my commission.” They did not make an officer of him, you may be sure; but there are plenty of that kind who, as soon as ever they come to a difficulty in the Christian faith, say, “Take my name off the roll; I did not bargain for this.” Now, if you mean to be a Christian, you must “follow the Lamb what so ever and wherever he goes.”