There Is No Pre-Requisit To Following Jesus

There are no pre-requisties to following Jesus.
 
Jesus never said,
 
You have to know certain Bible verses.
 
You have to be good enough. 
 
You have to have it all together.
 
You have to be a “in good standing” member of the synagogue.
 
You have to know the right people.
 
You have to be well versed in religious buzz words.
 
You have to believe Jesus is the Son of God (they discovered this along the way)
 
He asked none of this when he asked his disciples to follow Him. There was no interview. He just said, “Follow me.”
 
But, if you’re going to follow Jesus, He does ask that you, “take up your cross daily”  Luke 9:23
 
And, if you ask Jesus, “Can I follow you?” because you think it might be fun or cool or to fit in or because you think you are worthy to do so, Jesus does have a history of saying things like, 
 
“sell all you have” Mark 10:21
 
“let the dead bury the dead” Luke 9:60-62
 
“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60-62
 
Jesus separates the self-righteous from the honest seekers. 
 
Listen for his voice today, and if you hear Him say, “Follow Me”, Drop what you’re doing because He’s taking you on a grand adventure.

Disciples Ask The Right Questions

“So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.” John 1:39

John said it, “There goes the Lamb of God.” John was Jesus’ cousin and he knew Jesus was the Messiah. John wasn’t trying to amass a follower-ship, he was trying to point people to Jesus.

His two disciples heard John glorify God and, like smart disciples, followed Jesus. They asked Jesus, “Where are you staying? ” Jesus said, “Come and see.”

I love that Jesus did not give them an address or say meet me at such and such synagogue. Jesus said, Come and see. But the disciples asked the right question, “Jesus “where can I find you?

Where can we find Jesus today? Find the poor, the lonely, the tired, the weak, and the unloved and you will find Jesus.

The journey to becoming a follower of Jesus starts with asking the right question. Jesus, where are you staying? How do I get into your presence? How can I learn from you?

Jesus still answers this question the same way today, “Come and see.”