Most people who want followers are out to win a popularity contest. They’re interested in winning approval, collecting likes and shares, aquiring followers. Our Lord Jesus Christ desires none of these things. God desires that His people and all people learn of His transforming power and live sacrificially for His glory. Let me give you an example.
In Luke 24, we find that two of Jesus’ followers are traveling to Emmaus. They are discussing the tragedy of Jesus’ death. While they are speaking, Jesus himself comes to them. He asks them how things are and they respond sadly telling him about His own death.
Jesus responds with this statement, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Did you catch that? He pretty much called them idiots. Jesus called his disciples a bunch of idiots.
If a company did that to their customers, they wouldn’t survive long. If a pop artist did that to their fans, they might not succeed that much. Jesus’ mission is completely revolutionary. God wants more than a casual relationship with us, He wants our sanctification and growth in Him.
We don’t always have to be told things that make us comfortable, or things that boost our self-esteem. Sometimes, we need to be told like it is. These disciples probably had good intentions. They were obedient to an extent, but their hearts were slow to accept and apply the truth of scripture. We see in verse 27 that He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. The problem was their ignorance and the solution was their attentiveness to the truth of Christ.
I would encourage you. First, don’t harden yourself to rebuke. The truth isn’t always fun to hear, but it needs to be heard. Don’t turn your ears from it. Second, be open to God’s teaching. Don’t allow yourself to be closed off to teaching.
You may be thinking, Well, I don’t have Jesus right here to teach me everything. If you are thinking thus, or with similar thoughts, I would encourage you. In John 6:45, we see that every man is taught of God. In John 16:13, we learn that the Holy Spirit which we have been given will guide us into all truth. James 1:5 tells us to ask God for wisdom because He gives wisdom to all men. God is with you, and He’s promised to give you all the understanding you need.
God isn’t interested in your living in ignorance. He doesn’t just want a relationship with you, He wants you to know truth. Is your heart open to it? Or is it slow to believe?