“As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.” Mt 9:9
“‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.” Mt 4:19-20
“Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Mk 10:21
These are just three cases from the Gospels of Christ calling others to follow Him. Notice, He doesn’t call us to work for Him, or to listen to Him, or come watch Him. Of course, those are all part of following Christ, but His call is much more than that.
It’s a call to go where He goes and to do what He does. And this is the challenge of the Christian disciple. Because following Christ isn’t easy. It’s not just saying that you believe in Him or showing your face once a week at Church. It’s living a life following in His footsteps. And, that means following to the Cross.
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Lk 9:23
Sister Mary Madeline Todd made the point on Pints With Aquinas (great episode by the way), that Christ does not call us to take up our pillow and follow Him. Take up our cross. That’s the call of the disciple and the call to each of us.