Jesus has one word for those who believe in Him. He says: ”Follow Me.” Many believe in Jesus but few are willing to follow Him and that is why so few will have eternal life. Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27,28.
Many believers never become followers of Jesus, they never become sheep, they do not hear His voice, He does not know them and they will not have eternal life. We have to be born again of the Spirit of God, to become His children, His sheep who hear His voice and follow Him.
We have to receive the Holy Spirit, that the world, the unbeliever cannot receive. Jesus gives His Holy Spirit in those who believe in Him and therefor obey His commands and teachings. Those who disobey Him, will not receive His Spirit, they will not be born again and they will not become His sheep. Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples, He said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;” Matthew 28:19,20.
The disciples of Jesus followed Him until death. They physically followed Him until He was crucified, resurrected and ascended to heaven. Before He ascended He commanded them to wait in Jerusalem, for the Holy Spirit, Who was given on the day of Pentecost, as we read in Acts 1&2. After receiving the Holy Spirit, they were led by the Holy Spirit. They made disciples who also received the Holy Spirit and were led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus never changed. He still guides His sheep. They hear His voice because they are born again and have received His Holy Spirit. Most believers today have never been born again, some have and have received the Holy Spirit but they do not LISTEN, OBEY and FOLLOW and never get to know Jesus, neither does He know them.
The Christendom has been deceived to become religious, but most believers never become disciples, through lack of understanding of the truth. If we are serious about eternal life, we have to become disciples, who listen to Jesus and follow Him. We must be led by the Holy Spirit.
The true children of God are led by the Holy Spirit, not by other saints, or by their own interpretation of the Bible. They listen to His voice and they follow Him. They do not follow after, idolize or accept the guidance of preachers, prophets or other men and women of God. They do not read the words of Jesus in the Bible and assume Jesus has told them to do so. Just because Jesus told the rich ruler to sell all his possessions, give it to the poor and follow Him, does not mean he told you to do the same. Maybe you are not a rich young ruler. Jesus told Peter to walk on water. Does that mean He told you to do so? Many assume things from reading Bible verses and listening to other believers. When things do not work out as they expected, they blame Jesus. Do not assume things and them blame God for your foolishness. You will only have yourself to blame. Jesus did not tell the thief on the cross next to Him, to get down and be baptized. Do not assume that you don’t need to obey Jesus and be baptized in water.
Jesus does speak. His sheep hear His voice and they obey Him, because they follow Him. Most believers do not hear His voice, because they are not His sheep. Others ignore Him and rather assume their own thoughts and doctrines, because they do not want to follow Him. These are the words of God to Saul, king of Israel: “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.” 1Samuel 15:23. Jesus does not tolerate rebellion and disobedience. If we do not willfully follow Him, we cannot be His disciples. If we do not follow and obey Him, we cannot expect to have eternal life.
Do not assume, listen, obey and follow Jesus, until the end.
May Jesus bless you.