A question Chelsea and I occasionally consider is this: If Jesus were on earth today, would we be His followers? At first it sounds like a silly question. I mean, we're Christians, I'm a pastor; of course we would follow Him! But would we? Stop and think about the question for yourself. Jesus' followers left everything behind and went completely against the church to travel with someone who was a celebrity at times and an outcast at others. Would you do that? If some guy showed up at your workplace and invited you to follow Him, would you walk out those doors? Now do you see why I consider the answer to that question?

There was a time when several people came up to Jesus and asked to be His followers. But each one had some excuse why they couldn't do it just then. "Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, 'Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.' And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.' Then He said to another, 'Follow Me.' But he said, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' Jesus said to him, 'Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.' And another also said, 'Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.' But Jesus said to him, 'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God'" (Luke 9:57-62). It's easy to come up with excuses and find reasons to not step out of our comfort zones. I realize that Jesus isn't showing up asking for people to literally follow Him anymore, but He does still ask us to step out of what's comfortable. I want to challenge you, as I challenge myself, to follow Him no matter the cost.

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