Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

John 13:36.

Everyone cannot follow you every time to every place.  There is a place to which even faithful followers cannot follow you; a season when not even the closest of protocols who had followed you to the exclusive Mount of Transfiguration should follow you further (Matthew 17:1-3).  If you can’t discern the seasons, there could be a crisis of wasted sacrifices, and high priests denied access into the holiest for sisterly pollutions from committed common hands (John 20:17).

That someone has followed you to Gethsemane does not mean that they can or should follow you through Golgotha, in a season that is not theirs.  Even in Gethsemane, not every follower in the Garden was taken to that “little further” place where He “fell on his face … saying, O my Father…” (Matthew 26:39).

A time to follow, a time not to follow.  That someone has followed from Jordan does not mean that they may follow through Golgotha, in a season that is not theirs.


From The Preacher’s diary,
March 18, 2024.

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Ola G
Ola G
22 days ago

Always refreshing. I finished reading and wanted more.

Apst Rita FLO
Apst Rita FLO
22 days ago

Hmmm… This is deep! May God help us to be sensitive enough to know when and where to “top following” and not to ne offended when “some people stop following us”; especially for Pastors.

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