Following Jesus isn’t just about doing the right things and avoiding the wrong ones. It’s not about rituals or traditions, striving for perfection, or avoiding the “real world.” You don’t have to give up alcohol or stop dancing. And you don’t have to give up your intelligence or stop thinking for yourself.
Following Jesus is knowing He conquered sin and death on the cross because He loves you. Following Jesus means believing that and understanding it changes everything.
It means letting go of your own plans in favor of playing a role in a story bigger than yourself.
It means aligning your dreams and goals with God’s because you believe He knows better than you do.
It means trusting Jesus in the midst of hardships because you know He can turn bad situations into opportunities.
It means seeing yourself through His eyes because He paid for your freedom with his life.
It means understanding your place and knowing God getting the glory is more important than you getting what you want.
Following Jesus doesn’t mean you never have problems. It doesn’t mean your life will be filled with nothing but prosperity and happiness. It doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen.
But following Jesus brings hope. It means you don’t have to do life alone. It means having someone you can always count on. It means living for a greater purpose.