"Follow me on Twitter!"

Can you say what you want to say . . . in 140 characters? If so, Twitter is for you! Twitter is a social networking phenomenon. It is simple and sleek. You get 140 characters to answer the question, “What’s happening?” Each response or “tweet” is like an electronic message in a bottle. Of course, all this chirping begs a question: Who is the most-followed person using Twitter? The answer: Lady Gaga! At 10,059,610 followers she is slightly ahead of Justin Bieber and President Obama. For the record, I am the 1,280,610th most-followed person (the 56th in Boca). Look out Twitter super stars, I’m closing in on you!

I think Jesus would have no problem with Twitter – at least the 140-character limit. He was calling his "followers," and he got his point across quite succinctly.

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.  (Matthew 4:18-22 ESV)

The essence of Jesus’ message is just forty-six characters (spaces and commas included), and yet it is the tweet of all tweets, a summons that demands my life and directs my actions. How will you be following him today?