Without question, “He is risen” are the three most important words recorded in history.
Although the Bible never directly quotes Jesus saying, “Come follow me,” that message is certainly the second most important three-word phrase in our lives.
The popular Primary song with the same title becomes entrenched in the minds of most everyone who attends youth Church classes.
The seven-verse song became familiar in the Church when it was initially published in Deseret Sunday School Songs back in 1909. John Nicholson’s opening stanza of the hymn reads:
“Come, follow me, the Savior said.
Then let us in his footsteps tread,
For thus alone can we be one
With God’s own loved, begotten Son”
Throughout his ministry, the Savior clearly taught the necessity of following his divine guidance on countless occasions.
When Jesus invited Peter and his brother Andrew to be among the chosen, he simply said “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:19)
Later in the Gospel of Matthew it is written, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Jesus abbreviated his message when the disciples recognized the Lord walking upon the Sea of Galilee waters. He simply directed Peter, “Come.”
Church leaders are re-emphasizing the Savior’s simple message with the recent publication of “Come Follow Me — For Individuals and Families.”
This wonderful resource helps all of us deepen our conversion of Jesus Christ through regular gospel study. (Please refrain from calling it a “program.” That only makes my eyes roll.)
Regardless of where we tread along our spiritual path, this resource can help us draw closer to God.
As noted in the introductory pages, our aim in gospel study should extend far beyond gaining new information; rather, we should rely on Christ to change our hearts, views, actions and as Paul taught, become new creatures.
The photo on the cover visually tells a wonderful story of how we should use it. A lady sits in the middle of the floor in her simple home with natural light shining through. Her shoes are kicked off and various resources are readily at hand upon her small table.
Whether we study the gospel at the kitchen table, in a family circle, on the living room floor, at a computer, in a comfortable bed, or with the latest electronic wonder whiz tool, makes absolutely no difference.
What does matter is that we draw closer to God and thus deepen our conversion through regularly studying, pondering, and applying of His word.
These six simple ways to improve our personal scripture study are outlined in the resource’s opening pages:
1) Look for truths about Jesus Christ.
2) Look for inspiring words and phrases.
3) Look for gospel truths.
4) Listen to the Holy Spirit.
5) Liken the scriptures to our own lives.
6) Ask questions as we study.
If a copy of “Come Follow Me” is collecting dust upon a shelf, crack the cover today and begin enjoying the blessings of regular gospel study.
If you are without a copy — for whatever reason — please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-556-6318, and I will hand deliver one to you.
I am grateful for the inspired words of the final “Come Follow Me” verse.
“We must the onward path pursue
As wider fields expand to view,
And follow him unceasingly,
Whate’er our lot or sphere may be.”
Charlie Roberts previously served as a bishop of the Tooele 6th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.