Tag: Following

There Must Be No Conditions In The Following of Christ

J.R. Miller Imageby J.R. Miller

“Help for the Day”

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me!” Luke 9:23

Christ calls for absolute surrender to Him. He wants us to trust Him, while we obey Him unquestioningly.

The faith in Christ which the gospel requires, is the utter unreserved devotement of the whole life to Him, and the absolute committal to Him for time and for eternity, of every interest and hope.

The question of what He will do with us or for us, or how He will provide for us–should not for an instant be raised. There must be no conditions in the following of Christ, and the consecration to Him. We may not bargain with Him for an easy time, for “ways of pleasantness,” but should simply give ourselves to Him absolutely and forever, to follow where, and to whatever He may lead us.

“Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!” Luke 14:27

by J.R. Miller

Wholehearted Devotion To Christ

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

To follow Christ is to commit ourselves wholly and entirely to Him as our only leader and Savior, and to submit ourselves to Him in every matter, both of doctrine and practice. “Following” is only another word for “believing.” It is the same act of soul, only seen from a different point of view. As Israel followed the pillar of cloud and fire in all their journeys – moving whenever it moved, stopping whenever it tarried, asking no questions, marching on in faith – so must a man deal with Christ.

He must “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.” (Rev. 14:4.)

by J.C. Ryle