If Twitter were around during the time of Jesus Christ, how many followers do you think he would have had?
I imagine it would have been more than Carl Lentz (164.4K), Rich Wilkerson Jr. (84.8K), Lisa Bevere (219K), or even Brian Houston (566K)! I’m absolutely positive it would be more than my 390 followers!
Can you imagine if Twitter were around on the day of Jesus’ first miracle and someone tweeted “I’m at this killer wedding, and they just pulled out the best tasting wine. They saved the best for last! Who does that? Everyone invite Jesus of Nazareth to your wedding!” He would have gained hundreds of followers overnight.
People wanted to follow Jesus because he did amazing things like that! He spoke amazing things that people had never heard before…things like “You have heard that is was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven…” (Matthew 5:43-45)
This was mind-blowing stuff, and if you followed Jesus you would have life-changing experiences. He was always doing things that grabbed people’s attention and captured their hearts!
I think being a Christ-Follower should have the same results today! If I’m truly following Jesus, I’m going to read something in the Bible that he said or did that is going to get my attention. I should be experiencing the conviction that comes from reading Truth, and it should be capturing my heart in a way that nothing else does.
Following Jesus is a choice between doing life His way or my own way. If I’m following Christ, I can’t follow my own heart. And if I am following my own heart and mind, can I truly call myself a follower of Christ?
Can I call myself a Christ follower if I’m not following the example he set before me to love my enemies, serve the broken, give to the needy, forgive those that least deserve it, or resist temptation? Following Christ can be one of the most in-depth relationships you’ve ever had, but I wonder if in our current society, we have placed such a high value on our social media relationships that we have lost the depth that comes from knowing someone and connecting with them face-to-face.
Even though Jesus isn’t a person we can touch and see right now, he is still a presence that we can connect with. The Bible is his Word that can spark inner dialogue, and time spent in prayer with him can lead to some of the greatest conversations you’ll ever encounter. Following Christ leads you to places you may never have thought possible, and to people you can’t imagine living life without.
So if there’s something Jesus has been leading you towards doing, then give up your own way and FOLLOW HIM! You won’t regret it!