Have you ever come to a point in your life when following Jesus’ example, teachings, or his path seemed to be inconvenient or just plain pointless? What do you do when following Jesus doesn’t really seem like it is making your life or your situation better?
There are 57K titles on Amazon with the word “leader” in the title. With so many books on management and leadership, it is easy to wonder what’s in all those books. The fact is every every tip, every technique, every management strategy, every good advice about effective leadership has a common basis, and that can be discovered by following Jesus.
How many times have you ever been offered something that is free, except that when you get it, it is actually not free…there are some strings attached? How many times have you bought something…and in order to take advantage of it, you had to acknowledge the fine print? The same is true with following Jesus. Following Jesus provides a tremendous amount of benefits and will make your life better. However, it comes with a cost. Fact is: Salvation is free, but at some point if you are a follower of Jesus, at some point in your life, it will cost you something.
Everyone loves a good movie. While your idea of a good movie may differ in some ways from those of your friends, parents, kids, and anyone you have a relationship with, there is a common characteristic that we can all agree that every good movie has. This is true despite the genre of the movie. It is the same characteristic that shows up in songs, books, magazines, blogs, etc. …and is not only a characteristic that God commands us all to have, but we are designed with a void that can only be filled with this characteristic.
It is no wonder that this was one of Jesus’s final commands to anyone who is a follower of Him.
If you don’t know what this characteristic is, tune in to find out. However, not only will you discover what it is, we will also be looking at how we can make this command real in our lives.
Think about this statement for a few moments: “you are being pursued to follow”. The fact is, that is really the reason why Jesus came. He pursued us so that we can pursue him.
Calvin McBridge discusses how to truly pursue a Kingdom agenda in Part 2 in the series “Follow.”