When it comes to Bible study, I’m often intrigued by the simplest of things (that probably makes me simple; guilty as charged). Things that are gathered, digested, and put into play easily by others will often leave me pondering the depths of their shallowness for hours on end. I respond with thoughts like, “How could I have missed that?” …or, “Did someone add this text recently (just kidding, calm down)?”
Such, for me, is the calling and ministry of the Apostle, Peter. Think about this man who was probably Jesus’ closest personal friend during His earthly ministry. He was given privileges not afforded to others. Among many other things, he walked on water, witnessed the Christ’s Transformation, and made the Great Confession. In his humanity, he spoke on Satan’s behalf and denied his Lord… three times.
These things indeed amaze me as they rightfully should, but these are not what I speak of. Spare me your patience to take a moment and look at two verses of Scripture (Mark 1:17; John 21:22).
These verses include Jesus’ first and last words to Peter. On the earlier occasion we find Jesus calling him to leave his vocation of fishing for fish, and on the second His reminding him that he has left his vocation of fishing for fish. In both instances we find the calling to “Follow Me.”
Can the believer’s life be described with any less complexity than that? For those who have placed their faith in His gospel, we are simply called to follow Jesus (stop looking at me like that… I confessed that I am amazed by the simplest things).
But then look at how complicated I can make “the faith given once for all.” Like the church of Galatia, something in me insists there must be more.
Instead, Jesus calls us to simply follow Him. He describes this following as ‘easy and the burden light’ (Matthew 11:30). Empowered by His Holy Spirit, we put one foot down at a time in His prints preserved in His Word… loving, forgiving, serving, giving, submitting… until we too have a lifetime encamped between two encouraging words; “Follow Me.”