What does it mean to follow Jesus? - Following - TouchPoints

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

Matthew 19:27We’ve given up everything to follow you.

Luke 14:27“And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me.”

Mark 8:34Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, “you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”

Following Jesus means leaving behind anything that might take your focus off him, and devoting yourself to him with all your heart. Thinking less about what you are giving up and more about the blessings and benefits will make following Jesus desirable.

Luke 5:11as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

Following Jesus means more than acknowledging him as Savior. It means reorienting your life so that, no matter what you do, you do it as service to him. For example, you may be in sales, so you view your selling as a means to supply people’s needs with fairness and integrity. You may be a car mechanic, so you view your work as an opportunity to help others in times of stress—both through the quality of your work and the way you treat your customers. Jesus calls his followers to be his witnesses in many places and in many ways.

John 10:27My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Being a disciple of Jesus is simply a matter of following him with a willing heart. He will bless you not because of your ability, but your availability.

Matthew 16:24Then Jesus said to the disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”

Following Jesus is not a hobby, nor is it a sentimental experience—it is a costly commitment. Jesus’s love is too wonderful and his work is too important for anything less than your complete devotion.

Matthew 5:16In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

When we claim to be followers of God, our actions should point to him. Others will want to follow when they like what they see.