There comes a point in our faith journey, where we will be tempted to “unfollow” Jesus. In fact, in John 6, after Jesus preached a sermon that was difficult to embrace, many of those who followed him, deserted him. Not only them, but the 12 disciples, also wanted to “unfollow” Jesus.
But, before they could do so, Jesus looked at the Twelve and said, “You do not want to leave too, do you” (John 6:67 NIV)?
Regardless of how long you have been following Jesus, the day will come when you are tempted to “unfollow” Jesus.
For many of us this temptation arises everyday. It arises daily because students on campus who don’t seem to care about Christianity or Jesus surround us. Because students who don’t care surround us, it becomes inconvenient; it becomes too hard to continue to follow Jesus.
What should come as some encouragement is that you are not the first one to consider “unfollowing” Jesus. As we read before, even Jesus’ disciples wanted to “unfollow” him.
Now, in the verses to come, Peter asks a brilliant question that we need to ask when we are tempted to “unfollow” Jesus.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68 NIV).
Peter recognized that Jesus offered eternal life and to “unfollow” Jesus meant forfeiting that life entirely.
You have been a Christian long enough to know that Jesus does in fact extend to us the invitation of eternal life, an invitation to a life bigger than ourselves.
So, when you are tempted to “unfollow” Jesus, would you have the courage to pause and ask, “Lord, to whom shall I go?” Once you’ve asked that question, reflect on the eternal life Chris extended toward you.
And when you do, it will give you the clarity you need to continue to follow your Savior.
For more resources on this topic visit: http://buckheadchurch.org/messages/follow/unfollow/