“You can just follow me there.” I’m sure we have all had the experience of following someone in our car from one place to a final destination. We may not know where we are going, but trust the person to lead us around curves, through unexpected turns, racing through yellow lights to the destination. When we begin following Jesus we may not know where we are going, but we choose to follow wherever He leads us.
There came a time in Jesus’ life and ministry, when his dear friend, Lazarus, became very sick. Because of God’s purposes, however, Jesus did not go to him until after he died. Going to Bethany, where Lazarus and his two sisters lived, put Jesus right back in the vicinity of those who were most opposed to Him. In fact, His last visit to that area had ended with people ready to stone Him for blasphemy (John 10:31, 39).
Knowing these risks, Jesus went anyway. It was His disciples, however, that experienced the fear of this moment. Thomas – unfairly labeled only as a doubter – is the one who verbalizes both the fear, but also the faith of a follower:
“Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with Him.’ (John 11:16, NIV)
Even if Jesus was going to face death, Thomas wanted to follow Him. Regardless of the unknown elements of the future, Thomas would follow Jesus wherever. For all of their failures, this is something we see again and again in the disciples. We see it when Peter steps out on the water to follow Jesus in His miraculous walk (Matthew 14:29). We encounter this faith when we see a woman with sever hemorrhaging reach out to Jesus for healing in the midst of a crowd (Luke 8:42-48). We even see this sort of faith to follow when Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus request Pilate allow them to bury Jesus’ body (John 19:38-42).
Following Jesus means going wherever He leads us, regardless of risks, questions, or unknowns. Following does not mean that we have it all figured out. Following does not mean that all our questions are answered. But following does mean going wherever He leads.
Where is Jesus leading you today or in this season of your life? How might you commit Yourself to following Him wherever He leads?