A lot of people go to a church service on Sunday morning. They go home, live their life, and go back the next Sunday.
Others go to a church service on Christmas and Easter.
Still others go to church every week, read their Bible every day, say grace, and do all the good they can.
Still others go to church every week, Bible study three nights a week, the Wednesday night service, volunteer as much as they can, and pray every day.
Still others do nothing.
Does going to church every week make you a Christian? Does reading your Bible all the time make you a Christ follower? Does praying make you a Christian?
No, no, and no.
What makes you a Christ follower is your love for Him. If you go to church every week but don’t love Him, you’re not a Christ follower. If you pray every day but don’t love Him, you’re not a Christ follower.
The very basic ground of following the One is to have a love for Him. Without a love for Jesus, none of those other things matter at all!
You find a love for Jesus and it will supersede all other things.
To follow the One is to have a love for Him that surpasses all else. It explains the passage in the Gospel of Luke (as much as I hate picking specific verses it’s Luke 14:26) that states we need to hate our mother and father and family and even our own lives if we want to follow the One.
We do not have to hate our mother and father and family and life. We need to love Jesus so much that all else seems like hate.
That is what it means to follow the One. We must fall in love with the One we choose to follow so desperately that He becomes our very lifeline. There is one other important thing though…I nor any other person alive can do it for you.
There is only one person who can make you fall desperately in love with Jesus, and that is Jesus Himself.
He will use other people, oh yes. He will use the Bible, He will all the world around you. But He is the only one who can make you fall in love with Jesus.
But if you fall in love with Jesus a whole new world will open up to you. The Scriptures will unfold for you. Your life will bloom in ways unexpected. A relationship of love with Jesus will change you forever. Permanently.
That type of change is exactly what following the One means. We fall in love with Jesus, and soon just His name brings us to tears. We desire Jesus to consume us entirely, and we cast our love at Him with everything we have. We let our love for Him consume us entirely and we truly begin to follow Him. He will lead us through things unknown, things unseen, but He will remain faithful.