When people talked to Jesus, the discussion was often about the same thing, whether broached with the phrase “kingdom of God,” “kingdom of heaven,” “eternal life,” “salvation,” or “saved.”
Sometimes the people asked, what must we do? How can we receive it? And Jesus responded.
Although his instructions varied with the person and situation, the thing he said most often was simple: “Follow me.”
There were no steps to check off or hoops to jump through.
In the centuries that followed, especially the last few, well-meaning people added requirements. They took something simple and inserted their own twists. But there’s little biblical support to insist upon these man-made expectations.
Jesus simply said, “Follow me.”
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.