Church of the Open Door


July 22: The Decision to Follow Jesus Christ: by Dr. Glenn Jago

The Decision to Follow Jesus Christ

Acts 21:1-17

Jesus Christ provided the transformation of our sinful nature into a new creation in Christ Jesus. He identified the outcome of that new creation by stating, “The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good” (Mt. 12:35). Everything about our life is to be a reflection of the good treasure from Jesus Christ. Our life can bring glory to Jesus Christ because it arises from the good treasure of being in Christ. Therefore, as His disciple, our life should have a singular purpose, which is the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord. By Him, we are willing “to suffer the loss of all things” (Phil. 3:8; Lk. 14:26-27). We must count the cost and no longer seek to serve our creaturely comforts and ourselves, but gladly follow Jesus Christ no matter what the circumstances. Intuitively, what we are willing to die for is a mere reflection of what we are living for in this life.

Saul was willing to kill and to die for Jewish tradition until he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. After that, the Lord spoke of Saul as, “his chosen instrument to carry my name,” and forewarned Saul how much he must suffer for Jesus Christ (Acts 9:15-16). Saul, who became Paul, was willing to die for Christ because he was passionately living for Christ.

Since you are a believer, the decision to follow Christ is the natural characteristic of your life because Christ is your life. However, in the fluctuations and strain of daily living, we must choose daily to follow Christ. Consequently, what can we anticipate?

The expectations:

  1. An unsettled life – Acts 21:1-9
  2. An uncertain future – Acts 20:22-23; 21:4, 10-11
  3. An unmistakable commitment – Acts 21:12-17

The assurances:

  1. The Holy Spirit prepares and protects the believer for each task – Acts 1:8
  2. The fellowship of believers encourages and enlightens – Acts 2:42-47
  3. Proper decisions depend on priority and prudence – Acts 1:21-22, 24-25

 

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