I Have Decided To Follow Yahushua
It has been 33 years since I made the decision to follow Yahushua. Sometimes because of the years, I forget that people need to learn the first steps to take in their Christian walk. So
When I gave my life to Yahushua and made the decision to follow Him, I was absolutely ignorant about anything to do with Christianity and following Yahushua.
I grew up in a family that went to church only on holidays and the church they went to was more religious than it was anything else. Absolutely everything I learned after I became a follower of Yahushua was new to me.
How I became a follower of Christ was basically a 3 part process even though at the time I wasn’t examining that process.
Today I see the process and I am going to try to explain that process to you so that you too can become a follower of Yahushua.
The Three Ingredients In Learning How To Follow Yahushua
19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
The first time that anyone was asked to follow Yahushua was when Yahushua approached Simon Peter and Andrew and simply said “Follow me”. He did the same with James and John the sons of Zebedee.
What transpired for them was a three year journey of getting to know Yahushua, letting Yahushua change their heart, and carrying on with the works of Yahushua .
√ GETTING TO KNOW YAHUSHUA
You cannot follow someone who you do not know. Following Yahushua is more than just chasing after Him. It means that you are going to walk in the same footsteps and live the same way as He did.
This takes a deep personal knowledge of who He is and what makes Him think and do the things He does. It takes a personal relationship with Him.
Once you have started that personal relationship with Yahushua, then you can start getting to know Him on a personal basis.
The way you do that is by reading about Him and talking to Him. You read about Him in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are four accounts of the life of Yahushua and have what you need to know to start learning about how He thought and acted.
As you start reading these accounts of His life, you then start praying and asking Yahushua to reveal His heart and His motives as to why He thought and did the things He did.
He will send the Holy Spirit to illuminate what you are reading so you understand not only the facts, but the reasons and motives for what He did. This is important because it leads you to the second ingredient in becoming a follower of Yahushua.
√ LETTING YAHUSHUA CHANGE YOUR HEART
Many people make the mistake that Christianity is just about following some creed or set of rules and regulations. It is not.
It is about letting Yahushua who is living on the inside of you, change who you are and how you think and the things that motivate you. It is a relationship that changes you from the inside out.
Think about it this way. If you are from the west coast of America, you talk a certain way. You have a western accent that nobody hears because everyone talks like you.
However, if you move to the Deep South region of the US, all of a sudden everyone talks funny. To you, they talk with an accent, but to them, you are the one who has an accent.
Over time and hanging around with your new friends, the way you talk begins to change and over time the way you talk and think adapts to your new environment.
When you go back to the west coast to visit family or friends, you have an accent. You have changed.
The same is true with our relationship with Yahushua only it is on a more personal and intimate level. When you start your relationship with Yahushua you move from one country to another. You move from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.
As you spend time with Yahushua, you start to change. You take on His values, His priorities, His way of thinking. You start to act and talk like Him.
The only difference is that it is not just language, but it changes who you are on the inside because now it is Him living through you.
We have control of this process. We can draw close to Him and let him change us, or we can move farther away and not listen to that still small voice in our hearts.
If you are going to be a follower of Yahushua, then you have to decide to press in and surrender to His leading in your life and the changes that He wants to make. It is not always fun or comfortable but in the end it is very rewarding.
√ Carrying on with the works of Yahushua
The Christian faith is not just a set of mental disciplines or beliefs. It is a lifestyle of doing the works that Yahushua did. To only know Yahushua but not walk as Yahushua walked is incomplete. In following Yahushua, a person has to be willing to do the things that the person they are following does or has done.
This consists of doing the physical acts that Yahushua did, such as laying down your life for your friends, and having compassion on the poor and those trapped in sin. It also means being willing to be used in supernatural ways by Him as well.
THE ANSWERED PRAYER
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
The greatest work that any follower of Yahushua can do is to lead another person to a personal relationship with Yahushua and teach them how to follow Yahushua.
However that is not the only supernatural work that we can do. The goal of the follower of Yahushua is to be like his Master. That means that we need to allow God to use us to supernaturally touch people as well.
There is balance. We need to do the physical works, and need to be open to letting Yahushua do supernatural works through us.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON BEING A FOLLOWER OF YAHUSHUA
Finally, I want to encourage you that this process is not chronological. It is progressive.
You do not have to learn everything there is to know about Yahushua before you start letting Yahushua change your heart, and you do not have to have a totally changed heart before you start doing the works of Yahushua.
Instead, I have found as I have followed Yahushua these 35 years that these things are progressive. I learn something about Yahushua and it changes my heart, as it changes my heart, then I start acting and behaving in ways that are more like Yahushua and I put into practice what I have learned and the change that has happened.
Then I progress to something else. I learn something new about Yahushua and the process starts all over again.
So my dear brothers and sisters, I hope that this post has helped you know how to start being a follower of Yahushua and gets you on the path to a life that is rich with blessings that cannot be contained.