Many in the New Testament considered themselves followers of Jesus. As we know, some said they would never leave Jesus, just to disown him when a little trouble seemed to come their way.
It’s so easy for us to say we are going to do something but to follow it through is a totally different story.
What is does it really mean to be a follower of Jesus?
Let’s take a look at Luke 9:57 – 62
As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead![l] Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
We have 3 different people in these verses. One is saying, “Hey Jesus, I will follow you.” This individual seems eager to want to follow Jesus, but my question is…why didn’t he?
I know Jesus told him he had no place to rest his head, but why didn’t this individual continue to press? Did the thought of these very conditions change his mind? May it wasn’t very pleasing any more to follow Jesus.
The second individual was called by Jesus to follow. “Come follow me”, Jesus said. But he had to go back home and take care of some business. “Your duty is to preach the kingdom of God,” was Jesus’ response.
The third person volunteered like the first person to follow Jesus…but “let me say goodbye to my family first.” Jesus’ response, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
We know the harvest is plenty and the workers are few. Jesus is looking for workers that are not going to look back. Think about it for a second…how effective would you be to plowing ground but looking somewhere else?
How many excuses are you using when it comes to serving God? Are you totally in, or only when it looks good? We need to be in this for the long-haul.
Following Jesus is about surrendering all. Surrendering dead things in our lives, family and friends, and possibly our own comfort.
We know Peter surrendered all…well that’s what he said. He left his fishing business to follow Jesus. But as I mentioned before, when times got rough he scattered.
The surrendering of Peter was in his own confidence. We need the Holy Spirit to help show us the areas where we have not totally surrendered to Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit will help us to overcome. Not confidence in ourselves, but confidence in God.
What about Judas, the one that betrayed Jesus? He followed Jesus. What made him change his mind?
Maybe the teaching of Jesus was too much for him to understand. We will not understand everything God does, we need to understand that or we too will fall away.
Following Jesus is an everyday thing. Every day we have to chose who we are going to serve. You may not think of it that way, but you do choose to get out of bed, you choose to put on clothes, and you choose to go to work or school. The same we chose to follow Jesus every day.
God is not looking for heroes to follow Him. He is not looking for people that have it all together to follow Him.
You can be doing everything right in the church, but that doesn’t make you a follower of Jesus.
He is looking for simple people like you and me to follow Him.
You become a follower of Jesus by surrendering your life.
If you haven’t chosen to follow Him yet, choose Him today. He only has the best planned for you. I am more than willing to pray for you. Fill out the contact page with your prayer request.
And for those of us that are followers of Jesus, it’s time to examine our lives. Are we truly followers of Jesus? Have you surrendered all? Are you willing to live a life without the pleasures the world provides?
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