Have you ever thought about why you follow Jesus?
So many claim to be Christ followers, but what does it really mean to follow Christ?
Some people follow Christ because they seek signs and wonders, they seek healing, relationships with others, influence or wealth, some follow Christ because they are fearful of death, some follow Christ because they don't want to die and go to hell, and some follow Christ because He is God and there is no hope, no peace, no salvation in anyone else, for He is their all.
We will either live in fear or live by Faith! Walking with God elevates our fears, and strengthens our faith.
The closer we walk with Christ the more we will trust Him and love Him.
I think we each go through the step process as we grow, and those who are truly His learn that without Christ nothing else matters, it doesn't matter what category you may fall under right now but it is a very important question to answer; why do you follow Christ?
I have thought about this in my life, at first I started following because I knew I was hellbound the life I lived was ungodly and unholy and when Christ found me I was spiritually broken, empty, so I surrendered my life to Christ for my eternal security, as I started following I fell more in love with Him, not for the things He could do for me, but just because who He is, my heart longs to be in His presence to hear from Him daily, to hear His sweet voice, I hunger and thirst for more of Christ and less of me and I can't help but speak of Him and to Him every chance I get.
I didn't come to Christ out of worldly desires or need, In reality from a worldly perspective my life is flipped, once money, power, influence and good health where all mine now I rely daily on Christ for everything, from each breath I take,He always provides from our daily bread to the strength to move, He is our all and all.
I know that Christ loves each of us where we are, but He loves us enough not to leave us where we are. The Bible tells us He died for us while we were His enemy, He died for all mankind and He patiently waits for us to come Him for salvation for there is no salvation outside of Christ Jesus.
So I ask again, why do you follow Christ? Do you follow the Christ the scriptures speak of or do you follow the christ you think he is supposed to be or who the preacher speaks of?
Following Christ means forsaking everything, everyone that is against Him, following Christ means your life is offensive to those who are opposed to His ways, His truth, His life. Following Christ is more than words, more than Sunday morning worship, following Christ is a life of obedience until He calls us home to be with Him, it is a life against the grain, it is a life of sacrifice, a life that is dying to itself and putting Him first always, it is a life where many are called but few follow.
My heart's desire is that all come to the knowledge of salvation and discipleship, that no one would perish outside of Christ Jesus, that everyone I meet or speak to would see His grace and power in me and on me and know who He is and not me.
I follow Jesus because He is God, all my hope, my strength, my peace is in Him, there is no one else to follow for He is the way, the truth and the life and salvation and victory over sin and death are in Him alone!
God's word says this:
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen me, and yet you do not believe. Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” Therefore the Jews started complaining about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Stop complaining among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to me — not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God. He has seen the Father. “Truly I tell you, anyone who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, because my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the manna your ancestors ate — and they died. The one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Therefore, when many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard. Who can accept it?” Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were complaining about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? The Spirit is the one who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some among you who don’t believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning those who did not believe and the one who would betray him.) He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted to him by the Father.” From that moment many of his disciples turned back and no longer accompanied him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus replied to them, “Didn’t I choose you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.” He was referring to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, one of the Twelve, because he was going to betray him.”
John 6:35-71 CSB
“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:31-39 CSB
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