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 Share What They Learn

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:40-42

What was the first thing you did after coming to Christ? Join a class? Start going to church? Neither of those are bad, but that wasn’t the first thing Andrew did. The first thing Andrew did was tell his brother. He shared what he had found.

How quickly this went

Evangelism: “There goes the Lamb of God”

Discipleship: “Where are you staying”

Evangelism: “We have found the Messiah

Discipleship: And he brought him to Jesus.

I think there are way to many levels between us and Jesus. Things we think we must do first before becoming “real” followers. We tell young people, directly or indirectly, you’re not ready for X. So, to get them ready,  we build in so many layers to get them “ready” that I think we may actually be keeping kids from Jesus.

Evangelism and Discipelship are not not about being better educated, they’re about Spirit initiative. Andrews actions were motivated by an inward change. He was excited about what he had heard and then shared it.

I want kids to grow, but not at the expense of them not acting on what the Spirit initiates them to do. No, we cannot nor would we, intentionally, stop them from obeying the Spirit, but sometimes we send a subtle message that they’re  not ready to share their faith.

Let’s take away every hinderance from a young person, or anyone else, who experiences Jesus Christ. Let’s tell them, “Go and share what you’ve learned with someone you care about!”

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.”