Why Should We Follow Jesus?

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?

The Christian’s Advantage

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

If you are a Christian, you have an advantage over non-believers. That’s right, the above verse says so. 

Christians are what this verse refers to as the called. So if we’ve chosen to follow Christ and we love God, we can rest in full assurance that everything that happens to us in our life is working out for the best. 

We don’t have to wonder if the future will work out, as we’ve been guaranteed that God Himself is at the helm of our lives, making sure things go exactly as He has planned.

Now, it may not always feel like things are working out for the best. We will have days when it seems that everything is going downhill. 

However, these are the times when our faith must kick in. We must have faith that God is still in control, no matter what the circumstances look like.

As James tells us, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

Not only can we rest in faith, knowing that God is working everything out for the best, we can also count on the trials we face to cause our faith to grow. 

The next time we find ourselves in an unwanted situation, we’ll have that much more faith to stand firm during the trial.

The person who has never accepted Christ into their life does not have any of these assurances. 

When they face the trials of everyday life, they really have nothing to fall back on.

As Christians, we have the assurance that God is on our side—every day, all the time.

Does this make you want to share the gospel with someone you know?

Make the Most Important Decision of Your Life

… so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:10-11

There’s not much in life that you can count on with certainty, except for death and taxes as they say. 

However, as surely as we’ll die and as surely as we’ll be taxed by the government, there is something else that we can be certain of—and it’s that every single one of us will acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord.

You don’t have to agree with that statement; however, you’ll still be wrong. Even if you don’t believe in what the Bible says, it doesn’t make it any less true. 

As I pointed out in a recent post about salvation, if the Christian is wrong and you’re right about what happens after we die, then you’ve lost nothing. 

However if the Christian is correct about the afterlife and you’re wrong, you’ve lost a whole lot. So, just using plain old logic and nothing else, it’s better to err on the side with the least possible loss.

Therefore, with the thought in mind that every human being who has ever lived will someday confess that Jesus is Lord and came in the flesh as God’s Son—what do you choose to believe today?

The real question is this: Will you choose to accept Christ as Lord now while you can of your own free will?

Or will you do it when Jesus comes back to earth—though not by choice but by submission and fearful respect paid to the almighty God?

The choice is yours as to when you acknowledge that Jesus came as God in the flesh, was crucified for your sins, and was resurrected by the Father.

I hope that you’ll make that choice now, willingly. 

Because, if not, when you do recognize Christ as Lord, it will be too late for you. The time will have expired and your eternal destiny will already have been sealed—a destiny forever cut off from God and His everlasting love.

Today—right now—it’s not too late. Accept Jesus into your heart as Lord. Acknowledge your sin and brokenness, and ask Him for forgiveness.

Repent and make a change in your life to live in service to Jesus—loving God and doing good to others.

Don’t wait to make a decision as important as eternity. 

You don’t have to be perfect to become a Christian. That’s what Jesus is for. He wants you right now, just as you are. He’ll work on you later on, forming you into the person He wants you to become. 

Pray and ask him into your life, acknowledging him as your Savior and the only true path to God the Father. Works won’t get you into Heaven; only faith in Jesus will. 

And today, you still have that choice. Tomorrow may be too late.

Can You Lose Your Salvation?

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Do you believe in “Once saved, always saved?”

Most people probably come down firmly on one side or the other of this age-old debate.

Either you believe that once you’ve accepted Christ and His salvation, you can never be lost again—and consequently never end up in Hell after you die; or you believe that it’s possible for a Christian to lose their salvation if they fall away from God.

I’ll say up front that this is a complex issue and not one that I’m going to resolve in just a few words here.

Many books have been written on this subject, and yet the issue is still debated fiercely. Nothing I write is going to resolve that.

However, I do believe that there’s a workaround to the question.

The issue in the debate is whether it’s possible for a person who has genuinely accepted Christ to fall away from God.

Since I don’t have an answer to that question, the smart thing seems to be to never fall away.

Accept Christ and His grace every day. Acknowledge you’re a sinner, but do all you can to stay away from sin. Ask God for help overcoming besetting sins, or sins that you continually struggle with.

Renew your commitment to Jesus every day. Walk in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. After all, He is the one who convicts us of our need for Christ. Never give God a reason that He might be inclined to cut you off.

I’m not saying He would or He wouldn’t rescind your salvation if you are a professing Christian, but since the question has been so hotly debated for so long, why take any chances?

Stay far away from anything that might put your eternal security in jeopardy.

This argument is no different than the one evangelists have used with non-believers for over 2000 years. 

It’s like a believer saying, “If I’m right and you’re wrong, you’re in big trouble when you die. However, if you’re right and I’m wrong, then you’ve lost nothing. Therefore, it makes sense to believe in Christ’s saving power while you still can.”

So, following this logic, the best thing would be to assume that there’s a chance you could lose your salvation.

Therefore, keep your hands out of the tiger cage as it were by staying far away from sin.

You’ll be just fine if you do and you’ll have nothing to worry about. While the rest of Christendom argues over this question, you can rest easy, knowing your salvation is intact.

What could be better than that?

You Can’t Out-Sin God’s Forgiveness

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

As believers in Christ, we’ll never be outside of God’s forgiveness. 

Think about that for a minute…

There’s nothing we can do that God will not forgive us for—so long as we’ve trusted Jesus for our salvation.

That’s the key. Without Jesus, there is no forgiveness. 

Instead, there’s a great gulf between God and us because no one is able to completely keep all tenets of the law that God gave to His people. 

That’s the reason for Jesus. God the Father knew that man doesn’t have the ability to follow the law completely, keeping even the smallest detail without sinning. As we’re told in James 2:10:

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

It doesn’t matter if we tell a so-called “white lie,” or if we’ve killed someone, guilty is guilty. 

However, the good news is that Jesus’ death and resurrection puts us right with God. God, being eternally just and good, couldn’t go back on the law He created, so He sent Jesus to fulfill the law. 

Through His crucifixion and subsequent rise from the grave, Jesus became the first fruits of all of us who believe in Him. All we have to do is believe in the lordship of Jesus and that He died and rose from the grave to pay for our sins. 

It’s that simple. Our works won’t get us into Heaven. Instead, our faith does. 

So, going back to forgiveness…once we become followers of Jesus, we have God’s complete forgiveness no matter how badly we mess up. All we have to do is repent and confess our sins and we can be confident that we have God’s forgiveness.

How great is that!

So, if you haven’t trusted your eternal destiny to Jesus yet, that’s the first thing you need to do. Your life will never be the same afterward. Take a moment now to invite Jesus into your heart.

Then you can rest easy, knowing that there’s nothing standing between you and fellowship with God.

Of course, as followers of Christ, we should want to avoid sin. However, being human, we will invariably fall short. When we do, thanks to Jesus we can know with confidence that we have God’s forgiveness. 

That should give each of us peace of mind!

A Democrat AND a Christian?


As a conservative Christian, as well as a registered Republican, I’ll admit I’ve often wondered how anyone who professes to be a believer in Christ could also call themselves a Democrat. In my mind, the two groups are not at all compatible.

The Democratic party endorses gay marriage, abortion, and transgender rights (along with other questionable stances), all of which collide with my interpretation (and the interpretation of many Christian scholars) of the Bible’s position on these controversial issues.

For several years now I have simply been unable to see the compatibility of Christianity and the modern Democratic Party. I’m not naive, however; I realize many Democrats feel the same way regarding Christianity and Republicans. They likewise see no way that a person can claim to be both.

It wasn’t until recently that I began to question the validity of my position. Do Democrats see something I don’t? What am I missing in the Scriptures that causes so many devoted Christians to swing far left?

What really caused me to begin thinking about all this was reading about the Godly devotion on the part of a couple of liberals. If they truly believe that Jesus died for our sins and that we should worship God by accepting Jesus as our Savior—then why do we differ so sharply on immigration, gay marriage, and other issues?

Admittedly, I don’t have the answers to these questions. And this post won’t attempt to answer all of them. I think that, for myself anyway, I need to get some of these thoughts down so I can begin to make sense of them.

In the eyes of many liberals (both Christian and non-Christian), conservatives are cold and heartless when it comes to caring for God’s people. Liberals often believe that conservatives hate those who are different from them—gays, transgenders, other races and nationalities—and that conservatives would much rather preach to a sinner than help him or her out.


I suppose there could be some element of truth to these beliefs (at least to a degree—just like it could be true for any other people group), but don’t think they accurately paint a picture of the conservative mindset.

To be fair, I also think it’s inaccurate to portray all liberals as “bleeding hearts” who are so concerned they might offend someone that they set aside what’s best for the whole in favor of the individual. OK, I admit I’ve entertained this thought more than a few times.

So, how can two groups of Christians fall so far apart on some issues? As I said before, I simply don’t know. But I have begun to think more about this division and what it means to my own positions on issues.

I do not favor open borders. I believe immigrants (or “refugees”) should be thoroughly vetted before they’re allowed into the United States. The notion that “No human being is illegal,” (as I saw on a protester’s sign recently) is ridiculous. If you’re in a country without going through the proper legal channels of entry, you are by definition “illegal”.

That doesn’t make you any less of a human being or mean you don’t have basic human rights, but it does mean you’re breaking the laws of that country and should be subject to deportation.

But what if that stance is wrong? What WOULD Jesus do in this situation? Would He freely accept any and all Syrian refugees into His country, even if it meant some with evil intent would enter? If He would, does that mean I’m in the wrong if I insist those who can’t be properly screened be turned away?

Once again, I don’t know.

As for homosexuals, I do not hate them. But, I don’t like them flaunting their lifestyle in my face and insisting that I accept it. I have no problem with them attending my church, working in my office, or living near me. We’re all sinners, and the little white lie I told last week is no less a sin than homosexuality is.

Jesus frequently ate with sinners. After all, He is the One who said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17 ESV).

I wonder, however, if during dinner He called them out on their sins. Or did He simply dine with them—showing them grace, love, and friendship? I don’t know, but I think the second scenario is more likely.

Of course, many Christians will disagree with me that homosexuality is a sin. To me, the Bible is pretty clear that it is, so I won’t debate that.

What I will take the time to think about, however, is my response to those who call themselves gay. Their homosexuality is no different than adultery, or stealing, or cheating on your taxes. If I don’t hold my friend at arm’s length for falsehoods on his tax return, why should I do the same to a gay person?

I don’t—at least I don’t think I do. There was a time in my life when I did, but I think I’ve matured some and realize that we’re all sinners and need God’s grace.

I feel like this is the point where the more liberal-minded folks go off track.

Yes, we all need grace, love, and acceptance. But I don’t believe in putting the rights of the individual over those of a group, or our country, or especially over God’s commands.


I believe that many liberal Christians do just that. They want to honor God by respecting and honoring His children, who are His creation. So they go out of their way to ensure an individual’s rights are not infringed upon, even if it means setting aside God’s clear desires (not to mention common sense in many cases).

The transgender issue is a good example of this. Take an individual who “identifies” with the opposite gender from their biological gender they were born with. It is ludicrous to allow that individual to use public restrooms of the gender they “identify” with.

If an individual is offended, or hurt, or whatever because they were born with a penis and thus forbidden to use a women’s public restroom—they need to get over it.

Using even a little common sense will lead you to the conclusion that society shouldn’t endanger women and girls by allowing that individual into their restroom. We can’t change all of society’s code or brush aside God’s laws just to accommodate someone who is a little confused.

OK, that’s harsh I know, and perhaps I’m off track here. But the point is we honor and revere God by worshipping Him and following His commands and guidelines for our lives. We don’t worship the creation (human beings). We worship the Creator. Putting the needs of the individual over the needs of the many has led to all sorts of problems in our world today.

But that doesn’t mean my reaction to some of these issues might not be off base. Perhaps I SHOULD rethink my position on immigration. Perhaps I SHOULD sit down with a transgender person and really listen to them—putting myself in their shoes. Perhaps I SHOULD consider giving a little more of my income to help feed starving people in developing nations.

I’m certainly not opposed to helping anyone. I just believe that any choices I make should honor God without sacrificing the welfare or safety of another people group.

I could go on and on with this post, but honestly, I’d like to hear what others have to say about these issues.

Any comments?