Challenge Two: Follow Me
The second challenge, represented by Chair 2, was given to many in various ways. We see it first in John 1:43, where we are told that Jesus“decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ ” This second challenge moves the seeker in Chair 1 to the status of a believer. It implies that a person has made a decision about Christ. An inner transformation has taken place. A seeker has been moved by the Holy Spirit to “repent and believe” and had decided to trust Jesus for salvation. Now they are ready to take the next step. The second challenge is, “Follow me.”
This challenge is a call to a deeper level of the discipling journey than just “come and see.” It assumes a desire to learn from the rabbi. It demands a learning process of walking in the steps of the master. It paints a picture of becoming like the one we are following, allowing Him to lead us. It demands that we walk as He walked, love as He loves, do what He did, serve as He served. It is a challenge to be a learner, which is what the word “disciple” (mathetes) literally means.