Jesus Doesn't Want Followers

Jesus Doesn't Want Followers

This Sunday, Pastor Erik spoke to us about sacrifice. In his sermon, he made some great points about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. I’d like us to think about this for a few minutes here.
Most people who claim to be Christians can be grouped into two basic categories: follower or disciple.
A follower is one who is active in the performance of their faith, thorough in their behavior, and vocal in their adherence to the faith. However, there isn’t much going on internally. It’s an external adherence to Jesus.
A disciple is one who is actively pursuing Jesus, desperate to have His Spirit renewing them from the inside. They are vocal in their praise and humble in the confessing of their moral weakness and constant need of a Savior.
A follower wants to go to Heaven; a disciple wants to be with Jesus. A follower wants to be close to Jesus, but a disciple is desperate for this intimacy. A follower will follow as close to Jesus as comfort allows; a disciple will embrace sacrifice if it means that he or she can embrace the Savior.
When Jesus walked the earth, preaching and healing and showing humanity that “God is love,” He had many followers but only twelve disciples.
Are we casually, comfortably following Jesus, or are we His disciples, students who are devoted to becoming like the Master?