Day 19 | They Forsook All
October 18, 2015 - WEEK THREE
J. Kirk Richards, Christ and the Fishermen, Used with permission.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- How do you feel as you consider Christ’s invitation to “Come Follow [Him]?” Is this a commandment?
- Are you able to follow Him before you have all of the answers to your questions?
- Are there questions in your mind or heart that prevent you from following Him?
When Andrew and John first heard Christ speak, they were so moved they followed Him as He walked away from the crowd. Sensing He was being pursued, Jesus turned and asked the two men, “What seek ye?” They answered, “Where dwellest thou?” And Christ said, “Come and see.” The next day He found another disciple, Philip, and said to him, “Follow me” (Matt. 11:28–29). Just a short time later He formally called Peter and others of the new Apostles with the same spirit of invitation. Come, “follow me,” He said (Matthew 4:19).
It seems clear that the essence of our duty and the fundamental requirement of our mortal life is captured in these brief phrases from any number of scenes in the Savior’s mortal ministry. He is saying to us, “Trust me, learn of me, do what I do. Then, when you walk where I am going,” He says, “we can talk about where you are going, and the problems you face and the troubles you have. If you will follow me, I will lead you out of darkness,” He promises. “I will give you answers to your prayers. I will give you rest to your souls.”
My beloved friends, I know of no other way for us to succeed or to be safe amid life’s many pitfalls and problems. I know of no other way for us to carry our burdens or find what Jacob in the Book of Mormon called “that happiness which is prepared for the saints” (2 Nephi 9:43) (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Broken Things to Mend, Ensign, May 2006, 69–71).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Why was Peter afraid?
- What did Jesus tell him?
- Do you think you would have left everything and followed Jesus?