Jesus says those exact words approximately 19 times in the four gospels. He also says it many other times in different ways. This is so important on our journey in this life. You will never find yourself on the wrong path if you always follow Jesus.
We can be very easily distracted by the cares of the world, and we sometimes end up pursuing those things rather than following Jesus. I know this is true because I have looked up, and realized I was on the wrong trail. We sometimes pursue people over Jesus, and that can also get us off track. (Not to mean we should not follow people)
People know in part, see in part, understand in part, prophesy in part, interpret in part, and so on. Hermeneutics is very important, but it doesn’t take care of the issue of “in part”. Prophets are very important, but it is still in part. What this means is that I can place 100% statements on very little, and the same is true for everyone else. I can’t be so arrogant as to say my interpretation of something is the one and only 100% truth or fact.
However, you can place 100% on Jesus. You can follow Jesus with 100% trust that you will not end up at the wrong destination. Leaders and followers, mentors and mentees, fathers and sons, all of those things are important; however, if you follow me I can’t guarantee you that you will make it to your ordained destination. No one can. Only Jesus can. However, This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow people.
There are numerous ” apostle Pauls” out there that you can follow as they follow Christ. I would go as far as to say if you haven’t found one yet, you should. However, you follow knowing that Jesus is the final word, and you follow them in such a way that they can lead in grace, meaning you are not making them Jesus and they are allowed to make mistakes even if they are the ones that are leading you.
I could say follow me as I follow Jesus, but to me one of the most important things I can ever say in all of the various scenarios of life is to follow Jesus. Be in such a close relationship with Him, that you know the way He wants you to go when the twists and turns come. If you aren’t sure which way you should go, just hang out with Him until it becomes clear.
God is for you, and I am for you!