Learn How to Follow Jesus

By   •   February 28, 2014   •   Topics:

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Jesus said, “Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish” (Luke 14:27-30).

We face three problems when we come to the Word of God. First, there’s an intellectual problem. When I was going to school, science seemed to be against the Word of God. Today many scientists believe in God. But the intellectual problem that I faced is one that you may face, too.

I had to decide who Jesus Christ was. Was He the Son of the living God, “the way, the truth, and the life?” (John 14:6). Was He the embodiment of all truth as He claimed—all scientific truth, psychological truth, moral truth, spiritual truth? That’s a decision that you have to make about Jesus Christ—an intellectual decision.

The Bible has something to say about the mind. We’re to “love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind” (Cf. Matthew 22:37). “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). The mind is important. But remember that the mind has been affected by sin. You cannot come to Jesus Christ intellectually alone. That step has to be taken by faith. It was by faith that I said, “Lord Jesus, I believe You are who You claim to be, the Son of the living God, the Creator of the universe, who died on the cross for my sins and rose again for my justification. I believe You are coming back to set up Your Kingdom. I know that You are my Savior, and by faith I accept You.” When I did that, He came into my heart and made me a new person. And He will do that for you.

The second problem that we face in coming to Jesus is a moral problem—meeting the high standards of Christ. Jesus Christ demands first place in everything. You come to Christ realizing that you will have to pay a price. You can’t drag those dirty sins with you. You will have to quit lying. You will have to quit sleeping with that woman or man who is not your spouse. You will have to quit cheating in school or at work. You will have to invest study time in the Word of God to show yourself “approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed” (2 Timothy 2:15). All of these things are costly. Are you willing to pay the price?

You can’t live a clean life today, except one way: with Christ in your heart. The Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). The Bible says in Romans 6:14, “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” There was a time when sin ruled in your life. But when you come to Christ, sin no longer rules. And He can help you to meet the high standards that He sets in morality and ethics.

Coming to Christ isn’t going to make you perfect. Suppose you accept Christ and you slip and fall. What happens? Immediately you need to say, “Lord, I’m sorry. Forgive me. I turn from that sin. I don’t ever want to commit it again.” You confess it, and He is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin. If you have sinned, go to Him and say, “Lord, I have sinned. I’m sorry. I surrender.”

The third problem in coming to Christ is emotional in nature, because, you see, we are made of mind and will and emotion. God wants lordship over your career, your marriage, your friendships, your morals—He wants everything surrendered to Him.

Nobody says that you have to cry when you come to Christ, or that you have to laugh when you come to Christ. But you can’t look at that cross and realize its deep significance without being emotionally moved that God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to shed His blood and die for you so that you may have forgiveness of sin and eternal life.

God makes three calls to you. First, He calls you to the Person of Jesus Christ: “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow’” (Isaiah 1:18). They can be made as white as snow because of the cross. He calls you to Christ. It’s not a church call, it’s not a family call, it’s not a national call. It’s a call to a person, the Person of Christ.

Second, God calls you to consecration. The word consecration means to “set apart.” We can do the dedicating, but only God can consecrate: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1).

Think of your life as a house. You have a ring of keys to that house. When you respond to the call of Christ, you give God the key to the front door of your house. You commit your life to Christ as Savior and Lord. In response to God’s call to consecration, you give the other keys to God. For a mother or a father it means that you give your baby to Christ. For a businessman it means that you give God the key to your business. For a student it means that you give God the key to your education. You give God the key to your romance, to your future marriage. He becomes Lord. The Bible tells us, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6).

Get to know the Bible. If you are going to be a dentist or a lawyer or a businessman, or whatever your vocation, get a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. Many people haven’t committed themselves to any philosophy or ideology or religious faith. They are just waiting for a wind to come along to blow them in any direction. I am asking you to commit yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ. Count the cost, surrender all to Him, let Him be your Lord. March for Jesus Christ, with love in your heart, surrendered and committed.

Third, God calls you to serve. I wish we had a million young people right now who would say, “Lord, I’ll go where You want me to go and be what You want me to be.” God wants nurses and doctors and businessmen and politicians—Christian leaders who are ready to pay the price and step out and serve Christ.

But you will have to make that first decision, take that first step. You will have to say, “Yes, by faith I receive You, Lord, into my heart.”

I’m asking you to do that right now. Say, “I receive Christ. I want to follow Christ. I want to give all my keys to Him, no matter what the cost. I’m willing to pay the price, whatever it is.” ©1979 BGEA

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.

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82 Comments

  1. Samantha Kaiba says:

    I am a Pastoral counslor. I Just surrendernd my life to christ

  2. laura yankee says:

    I am searching… I pray that I can have a close relationship with Jesus. I want to know him and for him to know me.

  3. Tobeka Willard says:

    Thank you very much for this teaching, i recieved Christ as my Lord and my Saviour, still following and learning, my prayer is more grace to hear him when he speaks, sometimes i can`t differentiate is it Him or is it how i wish please pray for me

  4. Tom McKinley says:

    Could you pray to Jesus Christ that my son Orion will always be a Christian. Also for me,Tom to have Christ also. Thank you. I am attending church, Baptist regularly but need a closer walk with Christ our God. I feel I could do better when it comes to my morals.

  5. Demola says:

    Thank God for this word of God .it led me to Jesus. Glory be to his name . I’m for Jesus.

  6. Steven L Bortner says:

    I feel like I have moved away from Christ. I have sinned and I feel broken and ashamed. Please help me.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Steven,

      First, it’s great that you’re being honest with yourself. Too many times, people get stuck in sin but deny that they’re doing anything wrong. We are ALL sinners in need of a Savior.

      It’s clear just from your short message that you’re desiring something more, something you found in Jesus. That tells us that you don’t, in fact, love your lifestyle, but that maybe it’s just easier to live that way.

      You’re not alone. So many people have been in your shoes. And yes, it is often easier to keep sinning. That’s our nature. But being easier doesn’t make it right and that doesn’t mean it will bring you peace or joy. Only Christ can do that. Following in His footsteps IS harder but completely worth it. And He can help us live lives that glorify Him. We aren’t meant to do that alone. He wants to guide us.

      If you’d like to chat with one of our team members online, we welcome you to do that. You can go to this link and look for the chat bubble: http://peacewithgod.net/

      You can also look into our free online discipleship experience called Know Jesus, which is all about living a life for Christ. The best part is that one of our online mentors can guide you through it and pray for you throughout: http://bit.ly/KnowJesusCourse

      We hope this is helpful. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

  7. Herod says:

    Hi, I have been working for God for 10 years. Teaching in Sunday school and playing for church, these are 2 things I do for Jesus, and I enjoy doing them. But sometimes I feel very weak, and even obey my body instead of the spirit of God. This is the reason why I try to find more help, so I can resist against my body’s desire. Each time I do something against the spirit of the Lord, I feel hopeless and uncomfortable. But to be honest by reading these steps of how to follow Jesus I feel strengthened. I hope God is blessing you for the great work you’re doing. I also know that God is taking note for every single thing you’re doing to help others.

  8. Will Martin says:

    Thank you