I was born in 1953. I was born again in 1980. I am now 65 years old and have been a believer for 38 years, for nearly two-thirds of my life.
I have been a steady reader of the Bible ever since I first believed and have read the Gospel of John literally dozens of times.
A few days ago I began reading John again and in the very first chapter, I had a most remarkable experience. As I read John 1:43 it was as if the text changed as I read it and the end of the verse actually read, “John, follow me”. Now, I have read this passage many times as well as the ones about taking up one’s cross and following Jesus, but this was a truly unique experience. As soon as I read it, I knew that God was speaking to me, and I knew that this was not an invitation or a suggestion, but a command.
I don’t know what this all means, and I don’t know where it will lead. But I do know one thing. It is time to stop doing things that I think will make God happy and start doing what He said. Follow.