Following Jesus is radical.
Throughout the Bible, Jesus asked people to follow Him using the simple phrase, “Come, follow me.” This was a radical invitation. Following Jesus meant giving up everything you owned and leaving it behind to embrace the unknown.
In Matthew 9, Jesus meets a tax collector named Matthew. As a tax collector, Matthew’s life was all about money. Yet when Jesus called Matthew, Matthew sold all he had and followed Jesus. As a result of Matthew’s faith, he became one of Jesus’ closest friends. Matthew walked with Jesus daily, seeing miracles performed and lives changed.
In Matthew 19, a rich man comes to Jesus seeking eternal life. Jesus replied, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” Jesus gave the rich man the same invitation as Matthew, but the rich man went away sad because he wasn’t willing to trade his life for the life God had planned for him.
Jesus gives us the same radical invitation He gave to His disciples. He calls us to submit every aspect of our lives, including our ﬁnances, to God. Do you trust Him enough to follow?
1. Have you ever made the decision to follow Jesus?
2. What area of your ﬁnances is God calling you to surrender to Him?
3. What is one way you can follow God’s will for your life today?
Dear Jesus, give me the courage to follow You wherever You lead.