A Life of Allegiance
Follow Jesus Wherever He Leads
Following Jesus with allegiance will take you to where Jesus is going to accomplish greater things than you could do on your own.
In order to accomplish goals, you must follow someone who can show you how to get there. When you entered the life of a cadet or midshipman, you became a follower. You follow your cadre, your upperclassmen, and your teachers. You know what it means to be a follower. In the same way, in order to become a godly Officer, you need to be a follower of Jesus.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?“
This is the third command in a progressive passage. We must deny ourselves as the focus and attention of our own lives, so that we can submit to God’s will and follow Him wherever He leads.
Let’s look at some verses where this word is used so that we can determine what Jesus is asking of us when He says, “Follow Me.”
Attitude of Following of Jesus
Matthew 4:18-20; 9:9 – Prepared to respond immediately to His commands.
Luke 5:11, 27-28 – Willing to leave all personal interests behind.
John 8:12 – Living in the light of truth, not lies.
Matthew 19:21;27-30; Luke 18:22 – Living in light of eternal rewards.
John 21:19-22 – Trusting Jesus in spite of your circumstances.
Barriers to Following Jesus
Comforts of Life.
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Are there any comforts that I hesitate to give up to follow Jesus?
Cares of Life.
He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
If this man could wait until His father died to follow Jesus, he would have his inheritance. He could follow Jesus without having to worry about money. What am I afraid of living without if I follow Jesus?
Relationships of Life.
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
What will others say if I follow Christ completely? Will my parents think I am wasting your time and energy? Why will I follow Christ despite what others say?
Don’t let barriers in the world keep you from following Jesus. He has great works for you to experience. He told His disciples right before He was crucified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12
- Head – I understand that Jesus is asking me to follow Him with complete allegiance so that He can do great works through me.
- Heart – I am convinced that Jesus is worth following more than anyone else, even myself. I believe that every circumstance in my life will result in God’s glory as I follow Him.
- Hand – I will seek God in prayer for the direction of my life and seek the counsel of other Godly people.
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Dr. Preston is the national director of Valor, Cru’s ministry to cadets, midshipmen, and veterans on college campuses. He is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies Corps of Cadets class of 1988. For twenty-five years, he has helped prepare men and women to be on mission in the military and beyond. David and his wife, Laura, live in College Station, TX.