Over the last few years, I’ve thought about these two words and have felt convicted about the lack of evangelism in my life and in our church. Jesus uttered those words and people followed him, but frankly, I was scared to say, “Follow me,” with the same compelling urgency that Jesus did. Sure, in some areas of my life I could say it and feel OK (e.g., “Follow me in the way I have devotions” or “Follow me in the way I give my money”). But when it came to evangelism, it felt hypocritical.
“Follow me”—where? Into my Christian subculture? Away from the lost? What I really wanted to say was, “Follow Columbus” (a friend of mine who does evangelism all day, every day). Read More