Something we've seen over and over again throughout these weeks that we've been looking at the book of John is the "Follow me" or "Come and see" invitation. It wasn't about the destination, but it's about the journey of, "Come and follow me. Come do life with me." I think that reminder is one we need to have in front of us on a consistent basis.
It's not about the destination of getting to one moment, but it's about the journey of coming alongside of Jesus in the Scripture we're looking at but alongside of others when we're walking in discipleship. That was the very nature of their system (a rabbi). A rabbi called people to come, and he said, "Do life with me. Come see how I live, and then listen to me speak as I'm living my life." It's all about the journey.
I think we have to be careful today, though. In our days when we think about discipleship, so many times we minimize discipleship to, "Discipleship equals breakfast or coffee." Right? For moms, it's a playdate. Discipleship equals if I get together with someone, and I get coffee, or we go to breakfast, or we have a moms' playdate. Then that equals discipleship. That's not the case. It's part of the equation, but it's not the entire picture. I think we have to keep in our minds this destination of, "Come follow me, and come do life with me."
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