The question has been asked, What is the point in being a follower of Jesus?
It is a valid question and deserves a good answer.
After all, who is this Jesus who came along 2000 years ago? Recorded history tells us that He showed up thousands of years after people had already been worshipping God.
This is a hard question, to be sure. For the answer, we must turn to the Bible, which is the inspired word of God.
The Bible is not a single book, but actually 66 books written over a period of approximately 1500 years by around 40 different authors.
Let’s take a look at John 14:6-7 for the answer to our question.
As it happens, Jesus was answering a question from one of His disciples about following Him.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
These are bold words, but if we’re serious about seeking God and serving him, we must take them to heart.
If there truly is just one way to God—and Jesus is it— then we must become one of His followers.
To do otherwise is to risk our eternal destiny. If we’re wrong, then we’ve lost nothing. But if we’re right, then we stand to gain much. I’ve written about this before in another post.
Just a few verses before the ones above, Jesus says,
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.John 14:3
Jesus wants us with Him. He already has a place picked out in Heaven for every one of His believers.
And just so he’s clear and there’s no confusion—with some 4300 different religions in the world by one estimate—He tells us exactly how to get to God, and it’s through Him.
So, what do we need to do to become a follower of Jesus?
First of all, we must understand our need for Him.
Romans 3:23 tells us,
For all [emphasis mine] have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 explains the penalty for our sins as well as our reward for following Jesus:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9 tells us how to accept Jesus into our lives and be forgiven of our sins:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The final step is crucial. Find a good, Bible-believing church and tell the pastor that you have accepted Jesus into your life. Ask to be baptized and begin attending the church.
In Acts 2:38, Peter the apostle says,
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
While baptism itself does not save you, it does represent our death and rebirth in Jesus. Likewise, church attendance is not mandatory for salvation, but Christians go to church to worship God and associate with other believers.
So, to answer our original question about following Jesus…
Jesus is our pathway to God. He is the only way to be forgiven of our sins, become reconciled with the Father, and experience eternal life with Him.
For me, that’s reason enough. What about you?