I Will Follow, by CCM artist Chris Tomlin, was released in 2010 and quickly became a staple on Christian radio, as well as in church services around the globe. The acoustic version performed at the end of the interview, in the attached video, really brings out the strength and sincerity of the lyrics. Lyrics that call all believers to fulfill Christ’s command to “follow” and “go.”
You see, if a believer is to be a true worshiper of God, then he/she must obey the commands of the triune God. One such command given by Christ, God’s Son, to His disciples was this:
“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)
Christ’s sacrifice on the cross gave humanity access to God’s forgiveness, and paid our debt of death (Romans 6:23). Death is what was due as a result of our rejecting God’s original purpose for us, and that purpose was to glorify and worship Him.
When we deny ourselves (a.k.a.: stop pursuing our own selfish desires) and agree to take up our “cross,” then what we essentially are agreeing to is to serve God as He calls us to and be willing to suffer as Christ suffered for the good of humanity (1 Peter 2:19-25). God becomes our focus, as does mankind, and we become less focused on our own selfish endeavors.
Another command, that we touched on in our last article, is the command to “go.” Christ gave us this commission just before ascending into heaven. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20a)
We are to go throughout this earth, the portions that God allows us to live and visit, teaching people about the message of hope that Christ makes available to everyone. Serving humanity, as Jesus served humanity. Bringing God to mankind, because mankind can never reach God on their own.
God became human to bring Himself to those who would believe, so that the believers — in turn — could do the same for other people (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). People who simply don’t know or don’t realize that they need God and can’t get to Him on their own.
Read with me these lyrics from the chorus of I Will Follow:
Where You go, I’ll go; where You stay, I’ll stay.
When You move, I’ll move; I will follow You.
Who You love, I’ll love; How You serve, I’ll serve.
If this life I lose, I will follow You — yeah — I will follow You.
We must follow God’s call on our lives to glorify and serve Him. We must go and be faithful to teach others about God’s hope, serve others as Christ did, and baptize those who choose to follow God’s call. Remember Christ said in the book of Matthew, chapter ten:
“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before my Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)
So, with the words of God’s Son on our minds, let’s close with these words from the Apostle Paul:
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” (Romans 1:16-17)
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I Will Follow lyrics and music written by Ruben Morgan, Chris Tomlin, and Jason Ingram. Copyright © 2010 sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records.
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