FOLLOWER OF CHRIST
With personal independence being the goal of most people in our society; being a follower of Christ is not a label most people would prefer, even though they may verbally confess to believe in Jesus Christ.
A FOLLOWER’S PRIORITIES
To be a follower of Christ requires sacrifice and a total rearranging of our priorities. Our purpose becomes His purpose, our timing becomes His timing and our resources become His resources. Matt 8:19-22 And a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 And another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me; and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” God’s priorities many times do not add up with our fleshly and comfortable lifestyles.
A FOLLOWER MUST LOSE HIS LIFE TO FOLLOW
Matt 10:38-39 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 “He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it. Real life can only be discovered as we follow Him wherever and however He leads. Taking up our cross is a picture of dying to ourselves so that our hearts may not be weighed down with our selfish pursuits. Being a follower of Christ becomes difficult when we are constantly entangled with our own agendas. Heb. 12:1-2…let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith; If our eyes are not fixed on the One we are following we are easily sidetracked.
FOLLOWING STRANGE VOICES
John 10:4-5 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 “And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” With all the other voices in our world calling out for our attention it is vital that we keep our hearts attuned to the voice of the Shepherd. For a follower of Christ to harden his heart by ignoring the voice of God over and over again will only leave him vulnerable to stray from the path God has called him too. Matt. 13:15 For the heart of this people has become dull, And with their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes Lest they should see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I should heal them.’
EVIDENCE OF A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST
Matt. 4:19-20 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 And they immediately left the nets, and followed Him. Are you a fisher of men? Are you pursuing those without Christ with His love and grace and the power of the gospel? His calling to each of us is backed with a life changing promise that if we are truly a follower of Christ; we will become fishers of men! It’s hard to fish for men if we are fishing for our own titles, prestige, power and glory.
Can you say that you are a new creation in Christ Jesus; you are dead to the world and alive toward Christ; the old things have passed away and all things have become new? Will you humble yourself today and become a follower of Christ and become a fisher of men?