How to Know if you are a Follower of Jesus

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To be a Christian is to be loved by God, pursued by God, and found by God. To be a Christian is to realize that in your sin, you were separated from God’s presence, and you deserved nothing but God’s wrath. Yet despite your darkness and in your deadness, his light shone on you and his voice spoke to you, inviting you to follow him. His majesty captivated your soul and his mercy covered your sin, and by his death he brought you life. Do you know for sure that you are his child, not ultimately because of any good you have done – any prayers you have prayed, steps you have taken, or boxes you have checked – but solely because of the grace he has given you. -David Platt, Follow Me

Question: Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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4 thoughts on “How to Know if you are a Follower of Jesus

  1. When I saw the title, “How to Know if you are a Follower of Jesus”, 1John 2:3-6 is what came to mind. I think I’ll choose John’s definition of being a Follower of Jesus.

    • As I was thinking about the quote from David Platt, what struck me was the difference between being a follower of Jesus (daily walk) and coming to know Jesus. This side of the question then leads me to Luke 15:18-24, “I will arise and go to my Father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants’. And he arose and came to his Father. But when he was still a great way off, his Father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was DEAD and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

      Some might call this witchcraft or the sinners prayer but what I see is a “dead” son turning toward God and then being made alive. I guess that’s one of the reasons I’m non-calvinistic in my theology.

  2. My pastor, Matt Chandler, often says that we have turned Christianity into witchcraft; that sitting with someone repeating some words after them does not a Christian make. The words you repeated didn’t make you a believer or save you. You were saved before you scooched down the isle and walked forward to the front. You were saved the moment your eyes were open to your depravity and need of a savior.

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