“Then He said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 (NLT)
In his book, Not a Fan, Pastor Kyle Idleman makes a clear distinction between fans and followers of Christ. This is vital because of what is at stake – eternity. What about you? Are you a fan or a follower? Fans admire their heroes from a distance but have no real personal relationship with them that causes them to adjust their lifestyle in any way.
In today’s Lectio Divina read the verse out loud and allow the Holy Spirit to clarify the conditions of discipleship. What does it mean to follow Jesus? To whom is the invitation given? Read the verse out loud again and ask God what He would have you do because of what you’ve read. Record the insights and promptings you are getting as you meditate on this passage. What is He saying to you? How can you begin applying this passage in your life? What are the demands and rewards given in this passage?
The first three times you read the passage out loud you may have focused on the demands of discipleship. Read it out loud again and this time let God reveal to you the benefit that makes it all worthwhile. The exchange of giving up my selfish ways is far outweighed by the joy I receive in following Jesus. How refreshing that my responsibility is not to lead but to simply follow and let Him lead.