As Jesus traveled throughout Palestine sharing His message of God’s forgiveness and love, “Follow me” was an invitation He often extended. For example, this passage in Matthew’s Gospel:
He continued to call men and women to His side throughout His ministry, and even after His resurrection, “Jesus said to Peter, ‘Follow me.’”2
What does it mean to follow Jesus? It starts with our relationship with Jesus and His words. If we abide in His words3 and let them influence our thought patterns, we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds.4
While Christians today can’t follow Jesus physically like the disciples did, the Bible makes it clear that following Him includes applying His teaching to our lives. As Jesus put it: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”5
1. Matthew 4:18–22 NLT
2. John 21:19 CEB
3. See John 15:4.
4. See Romans 12:2.
5. John 8:31-32 NIV