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Sunday School: Would You Follow Jesus Anywhere?

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Speaking of relationships, how many of you girls would say that your relationship with Jesus is so important that you’d be willing to follow Him anywhere?

If your first instinct is to say, “Yes, I’d follow Jesus anywhere,” then you’re in good company. A few days ago that would’ve been my answer, too. Then I spent a little time meditating on a couple of verses from Luke chapter 9.

As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, ‘I will follow You wherever You go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay His head’ (Luke 9:57-58 NLT).

Now I don’t know about your Bibles, but my Bible titles this section of six verses (Luke 9:57-62), “The Cost of Following Jesus.”

The conversation translates something like this:

Man: Hey Jesus! I think you’re great, and I’m gonna go wherever you go!

Jesus: Dude? I’m homeless, you know.

Man: Oh! Um, well, what I mean is I might not physically go where you go, but I’ll be with you in spirit…

This man liked Jesus, and he thought–with Jesus’ growing popularity among people–that following Him would be pretty easy and mostly comfortable. Jesus sets him straight when He says, “the Son of Man has no place even to lay His head.” The man didn’t realize that following Jesus could mean being homeless.

Committing to follow Jesus means going wherever Jesus goes, and Jesus goes to some rough places to reach people. Jesus wants homeless people to know Him. He wants soldiers in war zones to know Him. He wants people in far off countries to know Him. When we commit to following Jesus, He expects us to go wherever He goes.

So when Jesus says, “I want that crowd of popular kids who make fun of you to know Me, so let’s talk to them” or “I want people in a poor, gang ridden neighborhood to know Me, so let’s go there,” our answer is supposed to be, “Yes, Lord.”

Following Jesus means dying to ourselves. We read that in the Bible.

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).

The meaning here is that we give up everything to God. Everything we own, everything we want, everyone we know. We give up everything to God to use as He wants, and our first concern every day and in every situation is, “Not what I want God, but what do You want me to do?”

Taking up our cross means that we are ready to sacrifice everything for Jesus if He asks us to. When Jesus took up His cross, it was on His way to be crucified. He was sacrificing everything to accomplish God’s will. Every day, our desire is supposed to be the same as His: Willing to sacrifice everything to see God’s will accomplished.

PI girls, following Jesus means confronting some deep fears in our lives because those fears can keep us from following Jesus fully.

What fears do you need to overcome in order to follow Jesus more closely?

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it (Luke 9:24 NLT).

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8 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Elisa_GFB on July 11, 2013 at 19:13

    I really needed this, the little things that I thought wouldn’t make me slip away from him caused me to put money and lust before everything ! I even thought about sacrificing blood to get money (sounds crazy i know) but I thank God that I didn’t do that & he saved me just in time, thanks for the post it really gives me something to think about, God bless ❤

  2. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on July 4, 2013 at 06:22

    This is so useful and helpful!! Thanks Jenn!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by GodsLilPrincess on July 1, 2013 at 19:11

    I’ve beend denying myself& letting God do whatever, I also decided to give up dating& be single for him. I know he’ll give me my prince when he thinks is time, but i’m giving him my youth. <3

  4. redheadjess123

    Posted by redheadjess123 on June 30, 2013 at 18:43

    My pastor just talked about this today and used the same verses!

  5. PumpkinGirl

    Posted by PumpkinGirl on June 30, 2013 at 14:15

    I remember saying once ‘God, if you want me to go to this new school, then I will’. Everything kept turning to NOT going, so I’m not switching schools. I’d like to be able to say that I would have gone through with it if God had wanted me too, but I can’t say that, because I don’t know. Thank you for posting this article! 🙂

  6. worship

    Posted by worship on June 30, 2013 at 13:53

    I really love this article. I know we have to follow Jesus, but now I know what it means in our own lives. Thanks for posting this!

  7. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on June 30, 2013 at 13:00

    Wow, the Lord is really dealing with me on this! Yesterday’s devotions, my pastor’s message, and today’s devotions were all on this! I hope God can use me in some way! He always needs to be first place in my life! I really need to live for God better, because HE IS WORTH IT!! Please pray for me on this subject! Pray that I would follow thru with obeying God in all His commandments, and that I would be a bold witness for Him! Thanks, Jenn for the videochats and all the Godly inspiring artciles you right!