ARE YOU FIT TO FOLLOW?

Andy Hollifield 4-18-17
Mark 14:13 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Example————a pattern or model of something to be imitated or avoided.
If we could only live up to the standard, both implied and direct, in these two verses we would change the world. I heard a wonderful message preached by Rev. Eric Sams at the Monday Night Meeting at Morning View Baptist in Weaverville last night. I am sure he will not mind me plagiarizing his message. Like I heard one preacher say, it wasn’t a sermon but a message. The difference is that a message has a specific subject, sender, and recipient. This was definitely a message from God to his people.
The text verse, Mark 14:13 speaks about some things I will cover and then get right into my thought. Jesus’s instructions to his disciples were to go into the city and there will meet you a man. First off, they didn’t meet him until they went where Jesus said go; into the city. Second, it wasn’t just any man but a man bearing a pitcher of water. Let me point out that men didn’t usually carry water, that was work usually done by women and most of the time by servants. The word “bearing” says that a burden was being carried. Water was a necessity so that means that a specific need was being met by this man. This man was meeting the need of everyone in the house. The disciples instructions were to follow him. Now we come to a part that can be took two different ways. Jesus told them to enter into the house that this man went. Then he told them to speak to the goodman of the house. The man with the pitcher may have been the goodman of the house or he could have been a servant or other resident of the house. Either way, he was willing to carry a burden for the household so he was worth following. They were then told to talk to the goodman of the house and ask him about the room. They were also told the room would be furnished and that was where they would observe the passover. Everything was just as Jesus had said it would be. Imagine that! If we could just clue in that God is all knowing and all seeing and can meet our needs in spite of our doubt and unbelief, we would enjoy a more victorious life. Now before we get into the rest of it I want to caution you; don’t forget the water.
In verse 13, I want you to notice that they made ready the passover but he didn’t come right then. He came, “when the hour was come.” Not early or late but when he determined he should be there, on his schedule. All the writers of the gospels did not write all the same details in their accounts. It helps to read all of them and fill in the details. A good example of this is found in John 13. Here, after they had eaten, Jesus girded himself with a towel. The purpose of this, I believe, was to wash their feet. This was customary for the host to do for the guests. Remember that Jesus had told them to make sure all things were ready. This was an example of total humility on the part of Jesus.
Now, with all of that being said I want to ask a question? Are you worth following? Better yet, can Jesus recommened that someone follow you through this world? Do you conduct yourself in a way that if someone followed you, could you be convicted of being a Christian? Something to think about isn’t it? Would those that know you best find you guilty enough to arrest and convict you for being a Christian? Are you an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity? Are you fit to follow? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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