Can anyone follow Jesus?

God created humans to worship. That’s why many people idolize actors, singers and other popular celebrities. However, if you choose to follow Jesus, who is God, it will be far superior to following any human.

The Bible says that you can follow Christ and that it’s easy to start a relationship with him by accepting the free, undeserved gift of salvation that God is offering you through his son, Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9).

However, following Jesus is not always easy.

In the Bible in Matthew 16:24, Jesus says that if anyone wants to follow him, they have to turn from their self-centered ways. Many people can’t do as Christ instructed, because they are not convinced they need to change. They believe that they are already good enough for God. However, the Bible says that no one is good enough because everyone sins and has missed God’s standard for holiness.

Admitting that you that you are sinner can be challenging and it certainly requires humility. Jesus talked about this in the Bible while he held a little child in his arms: “Unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Then he explained that his followers had to become “as humble as this little child." (Matthew 18:2-4). Therefore, following Jesus is available to everyone, but humility is necessary to have a relationship with him.

The Bible reports that people from a variety of backgrounds made the decision to become Christ’s followers. Jesus’ inner circle of disciples was comprised of four fishermen; a zealot who was involved in the violent overthrow of Roman rule over the Jewish people; and a Roman tax collector who was despised by most Jewish people.

Other early followers included Mary, Jesus’ mother, who was the wife Joseph, a Jewish carpenter; Paul, a Jewish scholar who persecuted early Christians; Cornelius, a Roman officer; Lydia, a wealthy Greek businesswoman; Joanna, the wife of a high Jewish official; Nicodemus, a member of the group of Jewish leaders in Jerusalem; Luke, a Greek physician and scholar; the treasurer of Ethiopia; a repentant thief; a blind beggar whom Jesus healed; a Macedonian jailer; and many social outcasts.

Many personalities are also represented among Jesus’ early followers: Peter was outspoken and impulsive, John the Apostle was, at times, intolerant and ambitious; Andrew and Timothy were both shy; Thomas was cautious; Barnabas was gracious and patient, and Martha was work-oriented and impatient.

Just like in past times, people of every personality, social group, and nation follow Jesus today.

The choice to follow Christ is yours. In John 3:16-17, God offers his gift of eternal life to you when you choose to follow Jesus:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that EVERYONE who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him”

Won’t you choose Christ?