Yesterday I told you the hardest part of Christianity—Jesus commands us to prioritize God, to follow first. Today I want to tell you the best part of Christianity. It’s hinted at in the word follow.
If my dictionary is correct, follow means, “to go after a person or to be near a person.” In this case, therefore, to follow first means to be near Jesus. In case you don’t know the beauty and glory of Jesus’ name, let me explain.
Jesus is everything our hearts need. We long to be loved, and Jesus is the definition of love. We crave being safe, and Jesus has rescued us from every eternal danger and secured our place in heaven. We ache for a faithful friend, and Jesus is the friend of sinners. We grasp for something solid, a rock in the storms of life, and Jesus is the rock of our salvation. We need a king, someone who is in control and cares about his people, and Jesus is the King of glory. We need the Bread of Life, food for our souls, and Jesus is just that. “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (John 6:27).
Many people are intimidated by the priorities implied in Jesus’ invitation to follow first. But please don’t miss what that same invitation promises. A person like you gets to be with a Savior like him.
That’s the best part of Christianity.