“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” –Matthew 4:19
My favorite hymn is “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” The words are so simple, yet so powerful. The funny thing is that people usually learn this song (along with Jesus loves me) when they are kids…and because of that, I know that for many years I thought of both of those songs as “childish” (as far as hymns go). But I’ve recently re-discovered the richness of the lyrics in both of these songs! It’s amazing how both simple and powerful the words can be at the same time.
Though none go with me, I still will follow
Jesus said that whoever wanted to gain their life with Him needed to lose it here (Matthew 16), to die to the pull and desires of the world. And when no one else goes, I still need to go…you still need to go. We must follow Him, even if it’s unpopular.
My cross I’ll carry, ’till I see Jesus
Jesus said that we must deny ourselves daily and pick up our cross (Luke 9). He’s called us to a difficult path, but we must carry our cross and run the race marked out for us.
The world behind me, the cross before me
This is the hardest thing I struggle with…forgetting all the world and its noise, and keeping my eyes on Christ and His cross. It’s so easy for me to look back (like what Lot’s wife did when they were leaving Sodom and Gomorrah), but like Paul says, we must fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 2).
No turning back, no turning back
“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” –Joshua 24:15
There is no turning back! We’ve made our decision to follow Christ. Let’s press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus! We have the best (I apologize for the weak adjective- out of better adjectives at the moment!) calling on our lives, to be servants and representatives of the living God! Who’d want to turn back?
I hope that if you were like me, maybe you “re-thought” how you viewed Sunday school hymns such as this one. It’s powerful!
I have decided to follow Jesus.
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