6 Reasons to Follow Jesus Instead of the World–By Meisha Johnson
Following the ways of the world will oftentimes leave you feeling frustrated, empty, and/or unfulfilled. An endless race that never fully satisfies and often leads to mental and physical exhaustion. With that said, the world is very tempting and if we’re not careful we’ll continue to be pulled off track — farther and farther away from God. In the end, we waste precious time away from the eternal, beneficial, and wholly satisfying promises of our Lord.
The good news is God’s promises are always there for us to grab hold of. No matter how far away we’ve strayed or how long we’ve been away, God patiently and lovingly awaits our return. So if you’ve been feeling stressed or worn down lately, read over these 6 Powerful Reasons to Follow Jesus instead of the World. Listen for what the Holy Spirit whispers to you. And remember, there is nothing in this life more important than have a relationship with Jesus Christ — our Savior.
6 Reasons to Follow Jesus Instead of the World
1.) Eternal Life
Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12), the golden key to eternal life. Scripture makes it clear that Heaven is a real place where all the children of God will live one day—with Him and with the angels. We don’t deserve this eternal Paradise on our own merit but, because of His saving grace, are blessed to call it Home if we believe. A magical place with no more sin, no more pain and no more tears (Revelation 21:1-4).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” –Romans 6:23.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not parish but have eternal life” –John 3:16.
Every human being craves peace, joy and harmony in their lives. Life on earth is not easy…it’s filled with uncertainty, disruption and struggle (John 16:33). However, God has promised that when we follow Him, we will enjoy a divine Peace that transcends our understanding. The Peace He gives is not dependent on situation, circumstance or the ways of the world.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” –John 14:27.
“And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” –Philippians 4:7.
3.) Ultimate Vindicator
There will be situations that occur that are not fair. Injustice is unfortunately a way of the world. However, our God is a just God. A God Who not only protects His children but also promises to make things right again—to compensate double for your trouble (Isaiah 61:7). Never seek revenge. If you trust God with your trouble, He (alone) will be your ultimate vindicator.
“My Vindicator is close by; let whoever dares to accuse me appear with me in court! Let whoever has a case against me [dare to] step forward!” -Isaiah 50:8.
“The Lord will vindicate His people…” -Deuteronomy 32:36.
4.) Everlasting Love
God is love and we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). Giving love and being loved is part of our innate (and divine) DNA—a necessary component of this life and a required component of the spiritual one. The ways of the world however, do not often operate on a spiritual economy or set of principles. In fact, many people today confess they find it challenging to love their neighbor or don’t feel loved by others at all. As individualistic mind-sets spread, love is subsequently spread thin. Fortunately for believers in Christ, there is an endless and eternal fountain of love to bathe in. God’s love is abundant, abound and constant. He loves us no matter what. And because of His love, we are then able to love others (1 John 4:19).
“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” –John 3:16.
“For I am convinced that neither death or life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” –Romans 8:38-39.
5.) Answered Prayer
Prayer is a way to communicate our faith, praise, gratitude, needs and wants to the higher court. A spiritual act which enables us to become more virtuous like Jesus. Praying has the unique ability to reveal the heart, mind and will of God in and through our lives. Simply put, we need to pray—for ourselves, our lives, and for others. It is a gift, a divine point of entry for every believer. As they say: Prayer doesn’t change God, it changes us.
“Pray without ceasing” –1 Thessalonians 5:17.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us; and if we know that HE hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him” –John 5:14-15.
6.) The Impossible becomes Possible
When we follow Jesus, we are able to do all things. That simply means that what used to be impossible, is now possible with and through the divinity and power of Jesus Christ. Even when there seems to be no pathway forward—no door to open—when all earthly ways appear unlikely, God will call that which does not yet exist into existence (Romans 4:17).
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” –Philippians 4:13.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” –Matthew 19:26.
Written by Meisha Johnson