What does it really mean to follow Jesus? Jesus demands our wholehearted commitment and devotion. He calls us to deny ourselves daily, take up our cross, and follow him wherever he may lead. We must proclaim the good news of Christ in the way that we live, love, work, speak, and give—in everything that we do. Jesus does not want us to make an impulsive or emotional decision to follow him but to first consider the cost and be willing to abandon our old lives, dreams, and ambitions in pursuit of something far greater.
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Practice The Way of Jesus:
Philippians 2:8 tells us that Jesus humbled himself by becoming like man and subjecting himself to death so that we might be saved. Being his disciple requires us to imitate that humility in our lives today. This week, instead of asking, am I following the rules? Simply ask: am I following Jesus?