What does it mean to truly follow God?
Read Matthew 8:19-22; Matthew 10:37-39; Matthew 16:24-26; Matthew 19:16-22; Luke 9:57-62
According to these verses what things must we give up to follow him?
How do our priorities change when we follow him?
Read John 10:4&5; John 10:26-28
According to these verses what should our relationship with God be like in order for us to follow him?
Where are you in the litmus test of following God?
Following because it is what is expected
Do you feel obligated because of family or friends? Follow because it feels right, and you like being a good person. Follow because it is the ”in thing” to do.
Read Matthew 21:9; Matthew 27:23; John 6:2
The crowds in Jesus’ day followed for the same reasons. They followed to be healed. They followed because he was the “in thing” of the time. Those same people praised him in Matthew 21:9 and the same people shouted to crucify him a short time later in Matthew 27:23
Followed for a while but are now following from a distance
Is the pressure of the World to conform swayed you from following Him? Do you need to recommit yourself to following him no matter what, forsaking all others and all things to put him first in your life?
Read 1 Kings 18:21; Matthew 26:58; John 13:36-38
The people of Israel struggled to decide who to follow and Peter also struggled with what and who was more important in his life. We all will have times of doubt and falling away, the question is are you remaining there or are you being reconciled to God?
Following whole heartedly
To follow whole heartedly you not only forsake other things and put Christ first but you also practice the following:
1) Bring others along John 1:40-42
2) Follow practices or traits that others can witness Deut 16:20; Rom 14:9; 1 Thess 5:15; 3rd John 11
3) Become an example that others can follow 1 Cor 4:15&16; 1 Cor 11:1; Phil 3:17; 1 Thess 1:6
Finally there are rewards for following Him
Read Numbers 14:23&24; Numbers 32:11&12; 2nd Kings 18:5-7; Mark 10:26-31; John 8:12
What benefits can you find from these verses for fully following God?