RE Verse reading–Matthew 8:18-22 (day seven) “Follow me.” (vs 22) The value of this story to modern believers will largely depend on an early interpretive decision. Is “following Christ” a metaphor for ministry or for salvation? What did it mean to Jesus? What did He think was at stake for those men that day in Capernaum? For us? Following Christ clearly implies ministry. “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17) However, the larger reality (the truth out of which ministry rises) is union with Christ. “Let him. . . follow me. For whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25) Do you notice the connection between following and finding life? Neither Jesus nor the Scripture conceives of a soul that is safe apart from union with Christ. He is our strong tower. He is our righteousness. Following Christ (staying with Him) is not an option. It is central and synonymous with salvation.