And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And he saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
The concept of twitter is not new; which bear to the testament that there is nothing new under the sun. The concept originated with Jesus. Jesus was the first one to say, “Follow Me”. This is the whole mission of the gospel. Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and seen the two brothers, which by trade were fishers. Jesus requested that they follow him and that he would use their skill set of catching fishes and use it to become fisher of men. These were not the only fishermen Jesus collected before venturing out to call a tax collector and many others to complete His team of twelve.
Jesus was not seeking followers just to have an entourage or see how many followers he can garner, or use it as a statistical report to rate his popularity but, rather he had a mission and a purpose. However, what Jesus and some twitters have in common is: PROMOTION.
Jesus was promoting salvation, healing, deliverance, and wholeness.
Jesus was seeking followers that he may disciple them, through teaching and by walking with them; they had on the job training. The job training was setting them up to fulfill the commission. The commission was for them to go out and duplicate what He had taught and shown them during training, there mission was to spread the gospel, lay hands on the sick, and cast out demons.
The purpose of the disciples following Jesus was that they may follow-to-lead. Come to think of it follow the leader is ancient too. They were called to follow Jesus and in return commissioned to lead people back to the one whom they followed.
Which was/is the commission then and now, we as believers is called to follow, promote and lead people back to Jesus. There is no other purpose for the gospel. We are modern day disciple who has been given the same task as the original team. Their commission is our commission. They had the Word in flesh; we have the written Word and His indwelling Spirit.
After His Resurrection and before ascending to heaven until His second coming, He departed leaving His disciples (through out all generations) with these final saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
My Pastor has this saying, “The last thing God asked us to do. Will be the first thing he’ll require of you”; whenever he is referencing this scripture verse. Jesus departing words was that we witness. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
Like the woman at the well who encountered Jesus, dropped her water pot and went into the city and said, “Come and see a man who told me all things that I ever did…”
She had been redeemed and she was saying so. Due to her witness many came to see the man Jesus, she had spoke of. They went on her account but when they got there they seen and heard. Then they testimony was “…. now we believe, not because of thy sayings; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” John 4:42
The Power of your testimony!
Just think about how many people would come to Jesus on the account of your witness and then get a first hand encounter; that they too may say what the men of Samaria declared.
I am amazed as to how God talks. He brought this idea to mind with a question while I was on my way to sleep. He said, “you know the concept of twitter started with me, right’? Then I responded with well before anything was created you were, then He said, I was the first to say, “Follow me” when I called the disciples; and referred me to the above scripture. I leaped out of bed to grab my bible and began to read.
Then I began to ponder on the various ways that the platform is being utilized.
How are you following? Are you following to lead?
If you have a twitter account what are some of the ways or how are you leading your followers to Jesus?