Jo’s Journal: I Want to Follow Jesus

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I Want to Follow Jesus

No Turning Back, No Turning Back

by Joanne Troppello

I posted the following tweet on Twitter the other day asking people to share their thoughts on people who ask for more followers on Twitter.

I’ve never asked for more followers. Once or twice, I have tweeted that I wanted to connect with other writers, bloggers, readers, and CCOT (Christian Conservatives on Twitter). However, it sort of annoys me when people tweet that their other account (with like 20K or some other huge number of followers) was suspended and they need to rebuild their account. Or people tweet that it is their birthday and they’d love to get more followers. Some tweet that their tweets are shadow banned and could they get more followers.

Now, I’m not so annoyed that it bothers me. I usually just scroll by their tweets. Sometimes I mute their accounts, so I won’t see them in the feed when others that I follow retweet, like, or reply to their tweets.

Yet, I’ve never been one to beg for anything. I’m independent that way. Sometimes to the extreme. Just ask my husband, sister, and mother. I NEVER ask for help, even when I truly need it. Maybe that’s because I had to grow up early and help out a lot at home. I don’t consider myself a victim because of that. I see myself as stronger because of all the things I went through and what my family went through.

I Want to Follow Jesus

Tweeting that out made me think about how I want to follow Jesus. Yes, I am saved and have been saved for 33 years. However, I think it’s good every now and then to rethink your desire to follow Jesus. I mean like truly follow Him and imitate Christ.

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” – I Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)

That verse is short and sweet. Yet, it is SO powerful. Paul, who was Saul, and then had his conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)—wrote that verse. Saul had persecuted those who believed in the Lord. Yet, God met him as he traveled near to Damascus.

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” – Acts 9:3-4 (NKJV)

I can only imagine the shock and awe that Saul felt in that moment. I wonder how I would have felt.

And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” – Acts 9:5 (NKJV)

Saul asked God what He wanted him to do. He was told to go into the city, and he’d be told what to do (verse 6). I encourage you to read the rest of the passage when you have a chance, even if you’ve read it before. Saul was baptized by Ananias. Saul was transformed by the Lord and became Paul.

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” – Acts 9:15-16 (NKJV)

In those verses in 15-16, God spoke to Ananias that he needed to go to Saul since he was a chosen vessel of God and that he would be greatly used to spread the Gospel message before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.

Yet, in verse 16, God said that Paul would suffer for God. It should be no surprise that you will suffer in this world as a Christian. Life is not all rosy. However, God will be with you through all the trials and persecutions you face. You can read in James 1:2-4 that you should count it all joy when you fall into various trials. God wants you to grow through your trials. The testing of your faith produces patience (verse 3).

I want to follow Jesus. I know I am a work in progress. Are you following Jesus?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.