Are you a follower of Jesus?

Are you a personal follower of Jesus? Is this discipleship based on your terms?

Obedience—read your Bible more, go to church, take my kids to church, go to worship concerts, go on mission trips? Or is it on His terms?

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.”

~Luke 14:26

Jesus said, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of being mine; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of being mine. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of being mine.

-Matthew 10:37-38

If you want to follow Jesus on His terms, you certainly should consider the cost! What Jesus is talking about is a “Greater Love”. A love so supreme that your love for family and self would look like hate. The supremacy of Christ and our love for Him should drive everything we do. This is what makes us capable to show the love of God to our spouse, children, and friends.

If you were at the beach, and you and your love for Christ were in a boat, and the love for your family and friends was on the sand... your boat (according to Jesus’ terms) should be so far from the shore that you could not even see the land, let alone your family and friends!

The old adage, "God first, family second, and friends third" seems to not apply to Jesus’ teachings!

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

-Luke 10:27

Supreme Love, or do you just flirt with Jesus?

 

Think of yourself in terms of a big bubble.

And in that bubble is all your carnal self/ thoughts...pride, selfishness, anger, your rights, injustice, unforgiveness, sexual immorality, envy, money, vanity, greed, drunkenness, aggression, impatience etc....

And no matter how hard you try, you never change...it is who you are, it'swhat comes naturally.

What if you started filling that bubble up with GOD...worship, prayer, meditating on His word, writing letters to Him, listening to worship music, going to church, calling out to Him minute by minute, crying out to Him, getting mad at Him, falling in love with Him, etc...

If you were to overflow that bubble with God so much, that there would be no room for you, might that invoke change?

Until then, do not expect any change, "trying harder" is merely an act of futility!

What if God's way is the easier way...

but all the while we have thought the opposite?