Follow: John 12:26
After a long and much needed Christmas break, the athletes are back for the 2017 Spring Semester, and that means WVU-FCA is back as well! We had our first huddle of 2017 this past Monday and introduced our new semester theme!
Last semester WVU-FCA journeyed through the idea of Rise, what does it mean to rise up in the tough times and serve God with your life, but also in your sport. We walked through verses in scripture that packed a powerful punch like Joshua 1:9, and challenged us as Christians and athletes.
This semester, after much prayer, we have decided to explore the idea of Follow.
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? In our 21st century, social media world, the word "Follow" has taken on a completely different meaning than when Jesus used it 2,000 years ago in John 12:26 or Matthew 4:19 to call His disciples.
Today we can follow someone by simply clicking a button. We can scroll through different posts, like a picture of that persons lunch, or a post about their vacation to the Caribbean and call ourselves a follower of that individual.
Jesus had those types of followers as well. In John 6 we see Jesus fed a crowd of 5,000! 5,000+ people had followed Jesus all the way to Galilee (a long journey) and they got to witness an amazing miracle, Jesus took 5 barley loaves, two fishes and multiplied it, filling the bellies of every last individual there...AMAZING!
You would think after witnessing a miracle of that magnitude these people would've followed Jesus with all their heart and mind, but later in John 6 we read the sad truth...
"After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him."-John 6:66
Jesus spent the majority of chapter 6 teaching the people about what it really meant to follow Him, that He was the "bread of life" and the people turned away.
As athletes we know what a fan is. Most athletes have fans, people that love you when you're playing well and criticize you when you're playing bad. Jesus had fans too, and when Jesus was done giving them free food, they turned their backs to Him.
We all would love to condemn those people for walking away from their Savior, but the truth is, we all have been a "fan" of Jesus a time or two. We all know how difficult it is to say "yes" to Jesus when it means saying "no" to ourselves. We all know the struggle to trust God when our circumstances are screaming at us to do the opposite.
This semester at FCA we are going to learn how to be a true follower, someone who doesn't walk away, but walks with Jesus every day of their life. We are going to outline what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century, western world that we live in. Join us as we unpack what it means to not just "like" Jesus, not just desire the blessings of Jesus, but to truly lay down our lives and follow Him.
"If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him."- John 12:26
Posted on Tue, January 17, 2017
by Jason Allen filed under