The word “follow” have been used in many different ways. To some degree it has lost its meaning.
On Twitter, people follow Ashton, Britney, Katy, Taylor, Lady Gaga, Bieber, Barack, Selena…
Following these guys doesn’t necessarily convey a relationship with them – no commitment, no expectations, no demands nor requirements.
When Jesus gave a call, it was clear.
“Come follow me.” (Matthew 4:19)
He took it further by saying,
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23, NLT)
1. Turn from your selfish ways.
There is a turning that is involved. It is virtually impossible for a ‘turning to’ without a ‘turning from’.
Who is at the throne of your life? Self or Jesus.
No one else can answer that but us.
2. Take up your cross daily.
Oswald Chambers says that it’s easier to be martyred than to die daily by picking up your cross.
To be martyred means to die for Christ and wake up the next moment in His presence.
To die daily is a more difficult task. But that’s what we’re called to do. Picking up our cross daily, not weekly or yearly, but daily is a consistent dying to self.
3. Follow me.
When we’ve done the first two, then following Him becomes a reality.
If Jesus had a twitter… will you follow? How?