You don’t have to read much of the Gospels to understand that following Jesus was very important.
Jesus told Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow him (Matthew 4:18-22). To a disciple who wanted to bury his father, Jesus said, “Follow me” (Matthew 8:21-22). He called a tax collector (hated by the Jews) to follow him (Matthew 9:9). Jesus told the rich, young ruler to sell all of his possessions and follow him (Matthew 19:21). To Phillip, Jesus said, “Follow me” (John 1:43).
In general, to all of those who believe in him, Jesus said, “Follow me” (see, for example, Matthew 10:38, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, John 8:12, John 10:27, John 12:26).
Obviously, those of us who are God’s children, those to whom Jesus is Lord and Master, are to follow Jesus. So, are we following him? Are we going place that Jesus is going? Are we doing things that Jesus is doing?
Are we following Jesus? Where is he going? What is he doing? How do we know?