What does it mean to follow Jesus? To really follow Him.
It means taking up your cross daily and walking the road less traveled.
It means choosing humility over pride and joy over defeat.
It means embracing the challenges that invade the comfortable corners.
It means keeping hope alive during the changing seasons of life.
It means looking different and soaring to heights others dare not go.
It means trusting that He is greater when fear echos around you.
It means loving the least of these and praying for your biggest enemies.
It means guarding your words, knowing the power that they hold.
It means accepting His grace when human motives drive your actions.
It means having peace that surpasses your understanding when the unthinkable strikes.
In means forgiving those who pierce your heart with throbbing pain.
It means living with eternal eyes that can see the needs of a hurting world.
It means quenching your thirst for more with His Love that satisfies.
It means clinging to your need for Him with each breath that fills your lungs.
It means risking for the sake of the Kingdom, daring to be brave and bold.
It means taking the wildest ride of your life with The One who holds the keys to Heaven.
It means dying to yourself so that you can truly live.
To follow Jesus. To really follow Him…
It means that you are a changed soul. It means that you believe in the amazing power of His death and Resurrection. It means that His love lives in you and spills out of you like a gushing river. It means that you love Him because He first loved you. It means that you accept your imperfections and yield to The Perfecter of your faith.
It means that you are free—not in the way the world defines free, but in the way His nail-pierced Hands bled for your eternal freedom. It means that you believe with every bone in your body that you are a child of The One True King. And it means that you anticipate with great hope the day when you will see the Face of The One who you now follow.
To really follow Him means that you have learned the art of letting go and letting Jesus guide your every faith-filled step. It means that you live with outstretched arms open to receiving the greatest gift ever given to mankind—Jesus. To follow Him is to know Him, and to know Him is the very core of your design.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7: 13-14 NIV
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