Is it a call to live or a call to die? OR is it a call to live AND die? The day we come into this world, we begin living for ourselves. We cry for food, love, attention. Everything is intrinsically focused. It’s all part of our sinful nature. The moment we eternally collide with Jesus Christ, we are to DIE to this “me” focus and begin a new life in Christ. A beautiful new life focused on Jesus. Does that mean we will look, act, BE the same as we were without Him? Is it enough to say a prayer and continue with life as usual? Or is it truly a transformation?
These are the things bombarding my thoughts lately. Our high school small group is walking through Follow Me by David Platt. This is a mind boggling study, y’all. It’s rocking my world. Most churches these days have watered down Christianity. We’ve reduced the call to drop our nets and follow Jesus to saying a prayer and going through the ABC’s of faith. Do we really think that’s enough?
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-22
Peter, Andrew, James, and John were all fishermen by trade. They weren’t just storybook characters…they were real men with real jobs, families, relationships. They had actual LIVES, like you and me. Jesus came to them and said, “Come, follow me.” They IMMEDIATELY dropped their nets and followed him. IMMEDIATELY. They left their jobs, families, income, everything to follow him. I wonder if people thought they were a little bit nuts. Like some guy claiming he’s the Messiah told you to follow him, and you did? Seriously? SERIOUSLY! They did!
I admire that! That took so much courage. These guys had the Old Testament scriptures to tell them the Messiah was coming, but they didn’t have the New Testament—when He actually came. They were living the New Testament! That astounds me! They had faith to immediately follow Jesus. They allowed themselves to be transformed. They didn’t just pray a prayer then go about life as usual. They gave their whole lives to following Christ. Their ENTIRE lives.
This is an incredible story. We can clap for them, praise them, and get excited about it. But where all this leave us? Is it truly enough to say some words and live life as usual? Or does being a Christian and truly following Christ cost more than that? I think it’s extremely healthy for us to evaluate our lives and the personal transformation we’ve experienced to know that we are true followers of Christ. It means everything!
As your feet hit the ground today, ask Jesus to guide them. Decide where they’ll land and whom you’ll follow. Will you follow your own selfish desires or will you be a committed follower of Jesus Christ? He’s the only one truly worth following.