THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
FOLLOWING JESUS AT A DISTANCE
We are disciples of Jesus and we follow him. But how closely?
When Jesus was arrested, "Peter was following him at
a distance" (Mt 26:58a).
How many so-called disciples follow Jesus but at a distance?
At a safe distance. Trying to go where Jesus is going, but
not quite that close. Not close enough so as to have more
leeway in changing course if the going gets uncomfortable.
Not close enough to be eyeballed by Jesus and given a difficult
assignment. Not close enough to be directly identified with
Jesus, and thus be ridiculed and oppressed by those who oppose
At a safe distance? Actually, the farther we are from Jesus,
the more unsafe we are.
You have decided to follow Jesus? Then go side by side with
him. Then be at his beck and call. Then endure what he endures.
Then really go where he is going, without hesitation, without
questioning, without holding back.
How near or far are you from Jesus as you follow him?