They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. (Rev. 14:4)

JOHN PAINTED A PICTURE of faithfulness by describing believers in a future day as following “the Lamb wherever he goes” (Rev. 14:4).

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until some future day to join those who faithfully follow the Lamb. Jesus, the Lamb of God, beckoned to Peter and Andrew. They were brothers and also partners in a fishing business. Even while they were casting a net into the lake, Jesus invited them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19).

He found Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth and invited him, “Follow me” (Matt. 9:9).

To another group of people, Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). He gives you the choice; He said, “If anyone would come . . .” In fact, it’s a “daily” choice, one that requires self-denial and commitment.

How did the invitation come to you? In a public service? In a quiet place of meditation? At the encouragement of a faithful family member or loyal friend? Be assured that the invitation is open-ended. Each day we have the choice to commit ourselves anew to following Jesus. While we do not know all the places He will lead us, we do know He will always lead us in paths of righteousness.

Ignore the distractions today and follow the Lamb.

Ron McClung, who works at his denomination’s world headquarters, lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife, Carol. They have two sons, nine grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.