Before Thanksgiving I shared about my unexpected diagnosis: W.A.H.S. (What About Her Syndrome.) (W.A.H.S)
Today I want to share with the cure for this condition. The remedy is found in Jesus’ response to Peter’s “What about him?” question. (John 21:21)
Jesus replies, “As for you, follow me.” (John 21:22)
Jesus didn’t placate Peter with answers about John’s future. He gave Peter one directive… “follow me.”
In my pity party for one, Jesus gave me the same directive: Wendy, follow me.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it. God doesn’t owe me any explanations as to the comings and goings of anyone. He simply wants me to follow Him. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Or does it?
Follow in the Greek means to follow one who precedes, accompany, and join one as a disciple. How did the disciples become disciples?
- Jesus chose them. One by one Jesus called the disciples to be part of His inner circle.
- The disciples chose Him. Each man abandoned their life and rights to the cause of Christ.
So what does it take for you and me to follow Jesus?
Jesus chooses us… and He already has.
“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love.” Ephesians 1:4
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44
And we choose Him. Not only choose Him, but abandon our rights for His cause and Kingdom.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 6:23
Seem a little overwhelming? I know. Take a deep breath and reread the Luke 6:23. Pay close attention to the word after cross. To follow Jesus… to become a disciple, we must choose daily to say to the Lord, “It’s Your day. You have sovereignly ordained everything that will come my way. I choose to deny me and to be dedicated to You.”
With laser focus on Jesus and accompanying Him each day, it’s impossible to say, “What about her?”