If you want to stay the same.
If you want to stay the same and never change, then you probably shouldn’t follow Jesus.
When we follow Jesus, and I mean really follow Jesus, we’ll start to change. Some of the things that we used to care for will no longer be important and some of the things that we were formerly unimportant will become important.
The closer to Jesus we are, the more like Him we become.
If you want to continue to living for yourself.
If you want to continue living for yourself, never considering what Jesus wants, then you probably shouldn’t follow Jesus.
Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
When Jesus calls us, He fully expects and wants us to fully surrender to Him by dying.
We’ll need to surrender and die to our desires, our hopes, our dreams, our expectations, our pre-conceived notions to Jesus and then allow Him to birth in us His desires, His hopes, His dreams, and His expectations.
And the crazy thing is that the closer to Jesus we are, the more we’ll start to allow things to die in our lives the more we’ll start to fully live.
If you don’t want to be part of something bigger than yourself.
If you don’t enjoy being part of something bigger than yourself that changes the world, then you probably shouldn’t follow Jesus.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5
There is no such thing as a lone wolf Christian.
Sure we can do things by ourselves and we should, but there’s so much more to it than that. We can accomplish so much more with others.
I mean, we can worship by ourselves, we can pray by ourselves, we can read our bibles by ourselves, but there’s something special about doing it together, in a body.
We need the accountability.
We need the encouragement.
Simply put, we need each other.
The closer to Jesus we are, the more we’ll want to be part of something more than just ourselves.
If you don’t want to love those that are different than you.
If you don’t want to love anyone other than those similar to you, then you probably shouldn’t follow Jesus.
It’s really easy to love people, especially those with whom we have something in common with, but to love those who are different than us, well, that’s tough.
But Jesus doesn’t let us off the hook.
He requires us to love everyone. And by everyone, He literally means everyone. That means we’re required to love the person who constantly criticizes us, the person who lives a lifestyle we disagree with, the person who, well, you should get the idea.
The closer to Jesus we are, the more we’ll love those that we don’t really love.