I mark up my bible. I’m one of those women that highlights, makes notes, and writes the day that I heard something profound for my life from the pastor. I was taught to do it and saw it modeled from the time I was a little girl. It doesn’t make my bible more special than someone else’s, but it does allow me to see what I’ve learned in my journey with God and shows my children that journey, as well.
Recently, I was reading through John and I came across one of those notes. In this particular note, I didn’t mark who preached about it, but the thought intrigued me and I wrote it down. In John 6:1-13, he tells the story of being with the disciples and feeding thousands with just five loaves of bread and two fish. In the middle portion of the scripture (verses 14-65), John goes on to talk of Jesus walking on the water and then Jesus speaking to the crowds about how He is the Bread of Life. At that point, the bible says that many disciples left. But a few stayed…THE disciples. In verses 68-69, Simon Peter (having been asked if they want to leave as well) says to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”
The first series of verses show the consumers of the gospel, but the last part of the verses show the followers of the gospel! What a profound way to look at this.
In the beginning, we’re all consumers. We don’t know Jesus, but maybe we check out a bible-believing church because we’re curious. Possibly a neighbor or a friend talks to us about having salvation. Any way we find out about Jesus, we are consumers of His word. But what we DO with that is up to us. We can continue to be consumers, going to a church and hearing the Word or listening to Christian music or reading a devotion, but never really digging in and fully committing to Christ. Or we can be followers of the gospel, dedicated to following His commands and reaching out to others in service and discipleship.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be just a consumer. I want to be a true follower! Join me today in making the commitment to letting go of a consumer lifestyle when it comes to Jesus and instead becoming a follower of Jesus.