What does it mean to follow Jesus?
It is an invitation offered as an opportunity to learn from Jesus. It first means that we have come to desire the life He offers. We have determined that Jesus is who He claims to be and that He is the source of the wisdom and knowledge that we are seeking. Following Jesus begins with faith or trust in Him and His promises.
Following Jesus means being with Him. Christians believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. They believe He was raised from the dead proving His death satisfied the punishment sin deserves and offering hope to those who believe in Him.
Following Jesus means learning to obey Him. We do not follow Jesus by occasionally going to Him for advice when we’re in pain but by trusting Him as the source of wisdom from which we wish to learn. We decide to follow Jesus. We commit to listening to Him, to obeying Him, and to allow Him to shape our lives.
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