The Difference Between Following and Becoming

A lot of times it is easier for us to be followers than to actually engage in the process of changing, of becoming. The disciples of Jesus Christ left everything to follow Him, but at some point, they had to overcome their own resistance to become the ones that Jesus could send to the world in His place. In other words, what Jesus was for them, they had to become for each other and to the whole world. “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).

Even after the crucifixion of Jesus the disciples were holding on to the expectations that He was going to do something for them, when in reality He was preparing them to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to change from followers to apostles, those that were going to be sent to the ends of the world. “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:6–8).

God is looking for more than followers, He is looking for people that are willing to change and to become a place where the Father and the Son can take their abode in. “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him” (John 14:23).

Romans 8:29
1 Corinthians 15:49
Philippians 3:21
Ephesians 5:1-2
Galatians 3:27
John 17