What does it mean to follow Jesus?
Sermon shared by Richard Schwedes
Summary: This sermon looks at how following Jesus is a life long committment of listening to Jesus and reflecting HIS light.
Audience: General adults
but Jesus actually delivers hope.
And he delivers it to all kinds of people in all kinds of situations, even during the darkest times.
Like in the recent disasters of the tsumani or the bushfires.
The light of Jesus has actually be seen because of the many Christian organisations that went in to help people in need.
We don’t know why these things happen.
But we do know that Jesus’ light is always shining as Matthew 28:20 reminds us He Is always with us,even to the end of the age.
Throughout our lives.
The good times.
The ordinary times.
The Bad times.
The light of Jesus shines in our lives by what he says in scripture,
by what he gives us in worship including being absolved from our sins,
through Holy Communion where we take this light into our lives,
and the people he places in our lives who encourage, comfort and support us.
Think about it for a moment who are some of the people who God has used to bring the light of Jesus into your life?
But there is more to being a follower of Jesus than just receiving His light.
In being followers of Jesus, verse 19 indicates Jesus calls us to be fishers of people.
What this involves Matthew reveals in chapter 5, verse 16…where he says:
‘Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.’
Now did you notice that being a called to be a follower of Jesus doesn’t require you to know everything, to be perfect.
In verse 19 Jesus doesn’t walk up to Andrew, Peter, James or John and say I am currently testing to see whether you will make good fishers for people.
He simply chooses them and says, come follow me and says
’I will make you fishers of people’
He is saying, ’I will show you, I will teach you how to fish for people’.
And that is exactly what He did with all the disciples and that is what he does with us.
He is constantly showing,
constantly transforming us,
constantly helping us shine His light into the world.
This is one of the characteristics of the Christian Faith.
We are always growing and developing as Christians.
Unfortunately some people miss this point, they believe they have to be the perfect Christians before they can be effective witnesses, effective reflectors of Jesus’ light.
Sharing Jesus’ love, reflecting his light amongst your family, your friends, your work colleagues, your community doesn’t rely on you being the expert Christian.
Rather it requires you to totally rely on Jesus in all situations of your life.
To listen to Him.
This is what you are doing when:
you read the bible,
talk about Jesus and the bible with other Christians,
serve others, you are in a relationship with other Christians.
We always need God’s light to reflect his light.
When you acknowledge that without God you are in total darkness, that you are unable to be of any use.
This is repenting.
Some people think that repenting is just saying sorry.
Its far more than that.
It is turning to God and saying I need to change but I can’t do it.
I need you to change me.
It is saying to God without you I am like a mirror in the dark.
All that I can reflect is darkness.
I have no hope of reflecting any of your true life.
I have no hope of giving light to anyone, unless I have God’s light.
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