SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?
If you were a devoted fan, or follower, of a certain team, how do you show it? You wear their t-shirt, play their fight song as your door bell, scream loud at the TV when they make a play, and you tell your friends to be more faithful to the team. You live and breathe the team; you know the statistics, players, and coaches; you know the play they will call or the person they will go to before it even happens.
Take that same basic concept in following Christ; everything you do revolves around Christ, you live and breathe Christ. Your friends know where you stand with Christ, and your schedule shows that you love him by attending church and taking time out of each day to pray and read the bible. When you have a decision to make, you don’t make it yourself; you ask God what he wants you to do.
Christ talks about being his follower in Luke 14. He uses language like “take up your cross and follow me” and “he must hate his own life to be my disciple.” What does that mean? It means that Christ wants your full devotion, to acknowledge him in all your ways and not put yourself first. Following Christ is a lifetime commitment, there is no such thing as a fair weather Christian. You are either a follower or you are not, it’s just that plain and simple. Read Luke 14:25-33 to see what Christ says about being a follower of His.
Chase Smith is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville. For more information from Chase or the church call 774-3636 or visit www.fellowshipinshelbyville.com.
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