18 Jul Are you a Follower?
The common belief among many church goers is that simple confession of belief in Jesus is all that one must do to be “saved” be a Christian. But that is not what Jesus said. Two word paints a different picture:
He doesn’t want us just to acknowledge Him, simply confess who He is, but as Jesus said, even the demons know & believe who I am. He wants the most intimate relationship possible. He wants us to be like Him, imitate His life, live and do as He did, continue His mission on earth, follow Him even unto abandoning ourselves and our lives.
Here’s what Jesus said:
- And He said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Mat 4:19
But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and let the dead bury their dead. Mat 8:22
And he who does not take up his cross and Follow Me is not worthy of Me. Mat 10:38
Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and Follow Me. Mat 16:24
Jesus said to him, If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. And come, Follow Me. Mat 19:21
And calling near the crowd with His disciples, He said to them, Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and Follow Me. Mar 8:34
And it happened as they were going in the way, one said to Him, Lord, I will follow You wherever You go. Luke 9:57
The day after, Jesus desired to go forth into Galilee. And He found Philip and said to him, Follow Me. John 1:43
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they Follow Me. John 10:27
If anyone serves Me, let him Follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant shall be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26
And the response of the disciples, those who heard Jesus say those two words?
- And it happened as they were going in the way, one said to Him, Lord, I will follow You wherever You go. Luke 9:57
- And they immediately left their nets and Followed Him. Mat 4:20
and they did, even unto death, how about you…
are you a Follower?